London City Airport celebrates 30th anniversary

Thursday 26 October marked exactly 30 years since the airport’s first commercial flights. To mark the milestone, the airport has published seven updated artist’s impressions of the airport’s exterior, illustrating what the transformed airport will look like after the £400m City Airport Development Programme.

To coincide with the milestone, the airport has released updated CGIs by architects Pascall + Watson, which are illustrative of what the airport will look like after it undergoes the £400 million City Airport Development Programme (CADP), due for completion in 2021.

The privately-funded investment includes plans for seven new aircraft stands, a parallel taxiway to maximise runway capacity, and a world-class terminal extension to accommodate increasing passengers. The improvements will enable two million more passengers per year to use the airport by 2025 and add 30,000 additional flights per year, creating over 2,000 jobs and generating an additional £750m per year for the UK economy. The airport is also constructing the UK’s first digital air traffic control tower, operational in 2019.

Declan Collier, chief executive officer of London City Airport, said: “Over the past 30 years, London City Airport has become an intrinsic part of London’s transport system; growing responsibly to a record-breaking 4.6 million annual passengers in 2016, creating local employment, and connecting business and leisure travellers with the UK, Europe and beyond.

“As we celebrate this anniversary, we look to a bright future ahead and the world-class transformation which is soon to commence. The City Airport Development Programme presents the opportunity to create an airport of the future, which will help meet demand in the London market, and increase connectivity.”

The seven artist’s impressions include several exterior views of an expanded airport, including the passenger terminal which will increase in size by around 40,000-sq m. Enabling works are under way, with construction beginning early in 2018, with the delivery partner Bechtel.

On Thursday a free exhibition opens on Jubilee Walk in Canary Wharf, which brings to life the role the airport has played in East London’s regeneration. London City Airport: 30 Years in Photographs includes 52 images, including new aerial photography and amazing archive pictures. There is also new work by aviation photographer Ben Walsh, who has captured the present day view of several archive images conveying the compelling changes to London since the airport opened in 1987. The exhibition closes 7 November.

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