Simple Flying - James Pearson

In May this year, London City Airport was the UK's 15th busiest airport by passengers. Looking back to 2019, it was the 12th busiest. The UK CAA shows that the airport – famous for its short runway and steep final approach – then had 5.1 million passengers, some 1.4 million short of its existing passenger limit. (It also has an annual traffic movement limit of 111,000.)

Airports are no different from any other business: they must plan ahead irrespective of the current environment. So it is that London City – the closest facility to central London – is seeking permission to grow passenger volume to nine million by 2031, a 38% increase over its current limit and a third higher than the three million it expects in 2022. It foresees reaching pre-pandemic traffic by 2024.

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