City of London submits application to increase passenger cap

London City Airport has submitted an application to be allowed to increase its passenger capacity from the current 6.5 million to 9 million per year by 2031.

There was a plan to increase the passenger limit First unveiled earlier this year And East London Airport has already conducted a 10-week public consultation.

The airport stressed that it does not seek to increase the number of its annual permitted flights, which will remain at 111,000, and that there will be no change to the existing eight-hour night curfew.

The City of London wants to be able to operate longer on Saturdays, Flights currently stop at 12.30pm on Saturdays, but the airport is asking to extend this to 6.30pm, allowing for additional hours of operation during the summer season.

It is also being requested that it be allowed to operate three additional flights between 6.30 am and 6.59 am from Monday to Saturday, increasing the number of services permitted during this period from six to nine.

The airport said it would be “mandatory that only clean, quiet, new generation aircraft” would be allowed to operate during any extended hours on Saturday, which would also apply to additional flights in the first half hour of the day. .

Robert Sinclair, CEO of the City of London, said: “As we bounce back from the pandemic and demand grows, we need to ensure the City of London can accommodate the growth forecast for business and leisure travelers over the next decade. particularly as East London developed.

“Most importantly, the proposals have been very carefully designed with input from our airlines to ensure that flying from the City of London is more sustainable, with more new generation aircraft, reducing the per passenger noise impact and reduce emissions.

“Our proposals will create more jobs, invest more money in the local community, fund better transport connections and improve sound insulation for local residents.”

The airport has submitted the application to the London Borough of Newham, which is expected to hold its 30-day consultation on the proposals from mid-January 2023.




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