London Assembly response to London City Airport consultation

Date published: 
02 October 2019

London City Airport has outlined its proposed plans to accommodate almost 11 million passengers on 151,000 flights by 2035 — up from its current 6.5 million passengers on 111,000 flights. That’s almost double the airport’s current cap on passengers, as well as a 25% increase in air traffic movements over a 15-year period.

City Airport seeks to increase the number of flights operating from the airport by adjusting its operating hours, including allowing flights during the weekend respite period.

The London Assembly Environment Committee opposes increases in the quantity of air traffic using London City airport, and inevitably overflying London’s populated areas.1 Additionally, the committee opposes any adjustments to City Airport’s operational limits that would increase early morning and late night flights, unless noise and air pollution concerns are fully addressed. City Airport must not remove the weekend respite period.

City Airport should agree on its design principles, ensuring they will not negatively impact Londoners, before finalising discussions on operational expansion and update its proposed Master Plan for consultation accordingly.

Any operational changes should improve the management of flight paths and minimise stacking. Flight paths should be rotated to give respite for those living under concentrated flight paths. Flights paths should be designed to minimise noise impacts: stacking, low‐level overflying, and overlapping flight paths should be avoided where possible.

We oppose any increase to aircraft movements within the first half‐hour of operations (6.30‐7.30am) and the last (10‐10.30pm), until noise and air pollution concerns have been fully addressed. The Airport must maintain the 24‐hour closure period between 12.30pm on Saturday to 12.30pm on Sunday, as this is the only respite period for local residents within 2 km of the airport who cannot benefit from alterations to concentrated flight paths.

1The Brexit Alliance Group does not agree with this statement, recommending instead that any increase in flights should not adversely affect Londoners.

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