Could more flights be coming into land at London City Airport? | London

London City Airport is considering an application to raise limits on flights and passenger numbers, its boss has revealed.

Chief executive Robert Sinclair believes the airport will reach full capacity in the number of flights its allowed to operate in the next three to four years.

Mr Sinclair said that London City can play a vital role in providing necessary runway capacity in the South East as Heathrow’s expansion is not due to be completed until 2026.

In the fullness of the next year or two we will be reflecting on the future and life beyond our current planning caps.

We will be considering the potential options, which could include raising the caps.

London City is currently limited to 6.5 million passengers and 111,000 flights per year.

– Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive of London City Airport

Annual passenger numbers have grown by 50% since 2012 and expected to exceed five million next year.

At the moment, around 80,000 flights operate London City each year. Any bid to increase operational caps would be made to Newham Council.

Residents have already protested against the noise and air pollution linked to the airport’s existing operations.

Heathrow Airport has faced backlash from anti-expansion campaigners for many years as it seeks permission to build a third runway. It won a parliamentary vote on the plans last month.

A £480 million programme is already underway at London City to further improve its facilities.

This will include eight new aircraft stands, the UK’s first digital air traffic control tower, a full length parallel taxiway and extending the terminal building.

British Airways has moved its Paris Orly flights from Heathrow to London City.

Mr Sinclair predicted airlines will gradually transfer their short-haul operations away from the west London hub, meaning valuable slots for long-haul services will maximise revenue.

In the shadow of Canary Wharf, London City has been traditionally been seen as a business airport.
The airport hopes any expansion would help attract a new wave of leisure travellers, with new routes such as Porto, Reykjavik and Prague.

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