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London City Airport expansion consultation

London City Airport’s expansion plans were recently blocked by the Mayor to the anger and dismay of businesses.

The plans enter a new phase on Friday 11th September with the airport launching a consultation on its appeal plans. It is keen to hear from businesses what the airport means to them, and what the blocking of its expansion means. This is at a corporate level as well as an individual and staff member level. The details of their campaign will be here www.lcymeansbusiness.com on Friday.

With our infrastructure director recently describing the Mayor’s announcement of the use of public funds to continue to fight the expansion as ‘perverse’, London First will be responding to the consultation and sharing its insight into the important role City Airport plays for London.

The airport’s expansion plans have the backing of its local authority, the business community and even the Mayor’s own officers in the Greater London Authority. As South East England’s airspace continues to fill up, London First believes that we need to make use of the infrastructure we have.

Under the expansion plans, the terminal would be extended and seven new stands for aircraft introduced. The proposals included an increase in the number of take-offs and landings to 111,000, almost doubling the number of passengers to six million annually by 2023.

As we identified in our London 2036 report with the London Enterprise Panel, London’s links to other countries are a vital part of its status as a global hub.

In October, join us to hear from Declan Collier, Chief Executive Officer at LCY, on the positive outcomes that a successful appeal would bring for jobs and growth in London, particularly its fast-growing eastern side.

Contact: Richard Dilks, rdilks@londonfirst.co.uk

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