London City Airport in England, UK has filed a planning application with the London Borough of Newham to make changes to the airport’s existing planning permission.
The application was submitted after a feedback from 10-week consultation exercise.
In its application, the airport requested an increase in passenger capacity from 6.5 million to 9 million per year by 2031.
It also requested the London Borough of Newham to make provisions to fly on Saturday afternoon until 6.30 pm, as well as an additional hour in Summer for arrivals only.
Besides, the application includes permission to allow a further three flights in the first half hour of operations on Mondays to Saturdays with a new limit of nine flights, up from the existing limit of six flights.
A requirement has also been put forward for all additional planes running in the extended hours to be new generation aircraft, which adhere to the highest noise and emissions standards.
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If the proposals included in the application are accepted, it is expected to create nearly 2,200 new jobs across London by 2031, while contributing another £702m in Gross Value Added to London’s economy.
London City Airport CEO Robert Sinclair said: “As we bounce back from the pandemic and demand increases, we need to ensure London City can accommodate the increase in business and leisure passengers forecast over the next decade or so, particularly as East London grows, and more and more passengers choose to fly through London’s fastest and most convenient airport.
“Most importantly, the proposals have been very carefully designed with input from our airlines to ensure that flying from London City becomes more sustainable, with more new generation aircraft, reducing noise impacts and emissions per passenger. “
The airport noted that it is not looking to raise the number of permitted flights per annum, which will remain at 111,000.
Furthermore, it has not requested changes to the existing 8-hour nightly curfew nor proposed a requirement for additional infrastructure. The London Borough of Newham will launch a 30-day public consultation on the plans from mid-January next year.