London City Airport gets £344m boost as Heathrow remains in holding pattern

London City Airport has been given the green light for a £344m plan to improve services and facilities at the airport, in a move that is set to give a boost to the events industry.

The development should benefit venues in East London, such as The O2 and ExCeL London, by increasing the number of passengers using the airport to 6.5m by 2025.

The City Airport Development Programme (CADP), which is privately funded, includes plans for a new passenger terminal extension and seven new aircraft stands.

The improvements to the airport will finally enable it to accommodate long haul flights from the capital to destinations in The Gulf and Middle East, Russia and the United States.

“At the heart of this development is a commitment to deliver the speedy check-in and arrival which so many of our customers value and which make London City Airport one of the most convenient airports in London,” the airport’s website noted.

Meanwhile, bmi regional CEO Peter Simpson has reminded MPs of the need to expedite expansion at Heathrow.

“Given the benefit to the entire UK of increased air capacity and the need to re-establish regional links to hub-networks, the decision on London Airport expansion must be expedited,” he said.

“Improved UK regional connectivity must be a vital part of any Heathrow expansion plan, to ensure economic growth is not, yet again centred around the capital. The UK Government states that it is committed to stimulating economic growth outside of London; delivering efficient world-wide hub accessibility from UK regions would align with this stated goal. Indeed we would welcome a discussion on how this could be delivered earlier than increased capacity through a third Heathrow runway would currently allow – we’re not sure why the UK Government has to wait any longer.”

Simpson claimed also:

  • 76% of MPs think an expanded Heathrow is important for global connectivity
  • 12% support Gatwick
  • A third runway at Heathrow opens up 40 markets and creates 180,000 skilled jobs
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