London City Airport to step up as real transport option
LONDON City airport, the relatively small urban airport situated in the Docklands area of the UK capital, is set to become a real option for business travellers looking to get into the heart of the city quickly.
Its management has announced plans to add an extra 50,000 flights each year, allowing six million more passengers to use the facility annually.
The airport is expected to secure approval on the proposals because this number of passengers has already been authorised, in 2009. About £200m (€237m) will be invested.
London City Airport is currently the 15th busiest in the UK. Due to its central location it is much more accessible from the centre of London than Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted.
Its current size limits its use to smaller carriers. A spokesperson said that business flights in and out of the hub are now nearing capacity and this rise in numbers is to continue. As major development projects accelerate in east London, the airport will be needed more regularly.