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Expansion at London City Airport will land more passengers in the capital

More passengers and flights will be heading directly into the city of London, after the UK government gave its approval for an expansion at London City Airport.

The UK government has given planning permission for an expansion at London City Airport.
The UK government has given planning permission for an expansion at London City Airport. Image by London City Airport

The airport received planning permission for an expansion that will include seven new aircraft stands, a parallel taxiway and a passenger terminal extension. The expansion will enable the airport for bring in 6.5 million passengers per year by 2025. Last year, the airport welcomed a record-breaking 4.3 million passengers.

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While London has five major airports, London City Airport is located at the Royal Docks and is the closest to central London. It’s about ten kilometres form the city centre, compared to Gatwick, which is 45 kilometres south of the city, or Heathrow, which is 32 kilometres to the west. Gatwick has been billed the most efficient single runway airport in the world, while Heathrow handles more international passengers than any other airport in the world.

A view over east London from The Shard. Image by [Duncan] / CC BY 2.0
A view over east London from The Shard.  Image by [Duncan] / CC BY 2.0

However, London City Airport remains popular with business travellers, due to its proximity to the city centre.  The changes will also open up opportunities for longer haul destinations like the Middle East, Turkey, Russia and the Eastern United States, according to a statement. London City Airport says the development will allow the airport to welcome quieter, next generation aircraft in addition to adding more space, more flights and more destinations.