Those of you who visit Economy Class and Beyond will know I have a lot of time for travelling via London City Airport.
Well – the airport turned 30 years old – with operations continuing.
And what better way to celebrate 30 years than to plan for an upgrade to the airport?
The airport has released renders of how it will look after a £400 million refit to be completed in 2021.
There are some big things in this including:
– seven new aircraft stands
– a parallel taxiway to maximise runway capacity
– A terminal extension to accommodate increasing passengers.
Let’s have a look!
From above -forecourt and bus area front
And yes – more gates – up to Gate 31 too.
The airport says the improvements will enable two million more passengers per year to use the airport by 2025 – adding 30,000 additional flights per year.
Declan Collier, Chief Executive Officer of London City Airport, states:
Over the past 30 years, London City Airport has become an intrinsic part of London’s transport system; growing responsibly to a record-breaking 4.6 million annual passengers in 2016, creating local employment, and connecting business and leisure travellers with the UK, Europe and beyond.
“As we celebrate this anniversary, we look to a bright future ahead and the world-class transformation which is soon to commence. The City Airport Development Programme presents the opportunity to create an airport of the future, which will help meet demand in the London market, and increase connectivity.”
As I’ve said many a time – I have a lot of time for London City Airport – least of all, it offers one of the smoothest passenger experiences in the UK in terms of arriving, clearing security, getting on a plane (which if you are careful – can be done in 30 minutes flat),
And on occasions it’s taken a grand total of 7 minutes to get from the steps of a plane to toe Docklands Light Railway (and I was taking my time)
I’ve visited the airport and have gone behind the scenes at what makes an airport like this tick. Click here to enjoy my visit to this airport and how it works… and why lots of other airports could learn from their nimbleness.
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