London City Airport wants to extend flight hours and add 3 million customers a year

London City Airport currently has 6.5 million annual passengers (PA Archive)

London City Airport is seeking to increase passenger numbers by three million a year by asking to increase its customer cap.

The Docklands-based airport has asked Newham local council to increase from 6.5 million to 9 million passengers a year by 2031.

The chefs have also asked to extend their Saturday closing time from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. They are also looking to extend operating hours by 30 minutes in the morning and evening on weekdays to allow use of the track between 6:30 and 7:00 a.m.

Airport chief executive Robert Sinclair said the proposals were designed to ‘ensure that flights from London City become more sustainable’ and were developed in ‘close consultation with key airline customers’.

He added in a statement: “As we rebound from the pandemic and demand increases, we must ensure that the City of London can accommodate the increase in business and leisure passengers expected over the next decade, especially as East London develops, and more and more. more passengers are choosing to fly via London’s fastest and most convenient airport.

The request follows a 10-week consultation and no changes to the existing eight-hour curfew, which sees flights stopped overnight, will be implemented, he said.

In addition, the number of flights will remain capped at 110,000 per year, but longer hours will allow London City to reach this capacity and the wider choice of times could lead to increased ticket sales.

There will also be no other infrastructure and Saturday flights will be equipped with the latest, greenest and most energy efficient aircraft. Sunday hours would remain 12:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

London City is also looking to boost its connections from the DLR by installing bus links to stations on the Elizabeth Line, which serves Heathrow Airport.

Mr Sinclair added in his statement: ‘The proposals have been very carefully designed with input from our airlines to ensure that flights from London City become more sustainable, with more next-generation aircraft, reducing impacts noise and emissions per passenger.

“We are committed to working with our local community to ensure our plans work for residents as well as our airlines and passengers.”

The application is due to go live on Newham Council’s planning portal from January, with borough residents able to comment.

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