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Mayor halts City Airport planners at 11th hour

PUBLISHED: 16:04 30 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:29 05 October 2010

LONDON mayor Boris Johnson dramatically stepped in at the 11th hour to stop planners making a decision over the future growth of London City Airport. A letter from the Mayor’s Office at City Hall was delivered to the planning committee at Newham Council in East London this afternoon

LONDON mayor Boris Johnson dramatically stepped in at the 11th hour to stop planners making a decision over the future growth of London City Airport.

A letter from the Mayor's Office at City Hall was delivered to the planning committee at Newham Council in East London this afternoon.

It arrived just two hours before the committee were set to decide whether the airport should be allowed to boost its annual passenger numbers from 80,000 to 120,000.

The mayor was "concerned it would blight a number of sites within the public safety zone," said the letter.

He was worried it would prejudice the planning case for the Thames Gateway Bridge over the Thames at Beckton and an ongoing study being carried out by the National Air Traffic Services.

A decision on the airport's application for more flights is now expected in September.

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