London City Airport reveals master plan

Publication reveals strategies to aid the capital with its Covid-19 recovery

London City Airport has published its new and improved master plan, setting out a long-term strategy for the airport to grow whilst supporting the Covid-19 recovery.

The new plan was published following a 16-week consultation carried out in summer of 2019, with input from local residents, stakeholders and passengers. The non-statutory document replaces the airport’s 2006 master plan.

Publication of the proposal was originally scheduled for March, however supporting staff and customers through the pandemic and national lockdown became a priority.

“While the shock of the pandemic has been significant, history shows us that aviation is an incredibly resilient industry as people’s desire to travel, whether for business or leisure, is never diminished for long,” said Robert Sinclair, CEO of London City Airport. “Aviation is also a key enabler of other industries, such as trade, tourism, hospitality, retail and conferences, protecting and generating jobs and economic prosperity. As the country plans its recovery, I am convinced that aviation will play a key role as the UK builds back better.

“This master plan shows what can be achieved in the future and demonstrates how London City Airport can continue to be a generator of jobs and wealth through sustainable, responsible growth.”

Within the document, London City describe its strategy to provide capacity for up to 11 million passengers and 151,000 aircraft movements per year. The UK capital’s most central airport also plans to operate a cleaner and quieter generation of aircraft to grow within the existing noise contour limit. Environmental contributions include reducing emissions by targeting 90% of journeys to and from the airport that are made by sustainable methods of travel. The goal is to become net-zero by 2050 in line with government policy.

Connectivity improvements are also anticipated to be made for domestic and European leisure and business destinations. This would aid inward investment, tourism and exports. In order to assist London with its post-pandemic recovery, the document states that support will be given to around 5300 local jobs, therefore contributing over £2b to the UK economy.

The airport has chosen to maintain its eight-hour night-time flight curfew and has no immediate plans to extend its operating hours.