It was a record breaking year for London City Airport in 2016, as the airport reports passenger numbers of 4.5 million.
The investment in new carriers, expansion of routes, improved facilities have all led to the airport experiencing its busiest year in over 30!
As well as having its busiest ever year, the airport was also crowned ‘Best Regional Airport in the World’ by industry body CAPA (the Centre for Aviation).
Speaking about the record year, Declan Collier, London City’s CEO, said, “More people are travelling and making the right choice by opting for London City Airport. Our offer of a speedy and efficient passenger experience, just 6 miles from the City of London, means less time in transit and more time for the purpose of your trip.
“With 52% of all passengers travelling for business, the 5% year-on-year growth demonstrates that the appetite for business travel to and from London remains strong despite the unpredictable political climate, as we prepare to expand the airport in 2017 to meet increasing demand.”
Plans to break this record in 2017 are well underway, as the City Airport Development Programme, following the Government’s approved planning permission for £344 million, starts this year. This development will enable the airport to handle 6.5 million passengers each year by 2025. This privately funded investment will include seven new aircraft stands, a parallel taxiway to maximise runway capacity, and a terminal extension to accommodate increasing passenger numbers.