AOA - The Airport Operator: Summer 2023 Magazine

Airport CEO, Robert Sinclair, answers questions from The Airport Operator

How is the airport reacting to the refusal of its planning application by the London Borough of Newham?

We have just recently submitted a planning appeal to the Planning Inspectorate following Newham Council’s refusal of our application. 

We expect our application to be determined following a public inquiry conducted by an independent Planning Inspector. 

How has London City Airport been able to maintain reductions in its direct emissions in 2022 despite a big increase in passenger numbers over 2021?

The airport has made good progress in recent years reducing the carbon emissions for which it is directly responsible (Scopes 1 and 2), and continued to do so in 2022, despite a significant increase in passenger numbers, rising from 714,000 passengers in 2021 to 3 million in 2022.

Reducing our direct emissions has been achieved mostly due to procuring 100% renewable electricity across the airport, in addition to delivering a number of energy efficiency initiatives

When will your departures area upgrade be completed?

The bulk of the refurbishment is set to be completed around the end of summer and is being carried out in phases with new food, beverage and retail units opening before old ones close, which has created a smoother transition for passengers using our airport.

The upgrades to our departure lounge will see more seating, two new stylish dining experiences, duty free expansion, new retail space, more washrooms and a brand-new look and feel throughout.

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