London City Airport expansion plans take off for 25th anniversary
PUBLISHED: 09:04 05 November 2012
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A £15 million expansion programme has been announced by London City Airport today (Monday) to mark the 25th anniversary of its opening.
Airport bosses in east London are celebrating a-quarter-of-a-century in business with plans for new departure gates and passenger lounge facilities including upgrading the International Arrivals hall with a revamp of the baggage handling zones.
The work is expected to take off early in the new year.
Airport chief executive Declan Collier said: “The investment means we can absorb some European air traffic from other airports in the South East that are beginning to feel the strain.
“The airport is valued by businesses, being the closest to Canary Wharf, the City and West End.”
City Airport was officially opened by the Queen on the former quayside in the Royal Docks at Silvertown on November 5, 1987, when four airlines offered flights to just three destinations—Plymouth, Paris and Brussels.
Today, 10 airlines operate to 42 destinations across the UK and Europe, as well as twice-a-day to New York.
It currently handles 70,000 flights a year with plans to increase to 120,000 flights, carrying up to 10 million passengers.
The airport, just three miles from Canary Wharf and six from the City, also celebrated its millionth flight this year as well as its 36 millionth passenger and has been named ‘best airport of its size’ at the Airport Council International Europe awards.
Some 3.2 million passengers are expected to travel this year alone through the airport, which boasts a transit time of just 20 minutes check-in and 10 minutes arrival from tarmac to public transport connections.