Anger at Mayor’s decision over City AirportMarch 27, 2015
London First has responded to the Mayor of London’s direction to refuse planning permission for the City Airport Development Programme (CADP) – a scheme which solely comprises the extension of existing infrastructure to enable the airport to achieve an already-permitted growth in flight numbers.
Baroness Jo Valentine, chief executive of London First, said:
“We are surprised and angered by the Mayor stepping in to block City Airport’s plans.
“The airport had the backing of Newham Council, the business community, and even the Mayor’s own officers in the Greater London Authority.
“The UK is rapidly heading for an air capacity crunch in the South East; with both Heathrow and Gatwick nearly full we simply have to make the most of the capacity we still have. Instead the Mayor has done exactly the opposite.
“This is a bad decision for London, a bad decision for the local people who would have benefited from over 1,000 new jobs, and a bad decision for the UK economy.”
The City Airport Development Programme
London City Airport’s proposed development programme seeks to maximise the use of its existing infrastructure to achieve its permitted number of flight movements (permission for 120,000 movements granted in 2009) without the need for a new runway or an extension to the existing runway. This is in line with the Aviation Policy Framework presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Transport in March 2013.
The airport, which is three miles from Canary Wharf, seven miles from the City and 10 miles from London’s West End caters for around 3.65 million passengers (61% travelling on business, and more than 60% inbound) and more than 75,000 movements annually.