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Increased flights will shatter the weekend peace of residents

02 October 2019

Today, the London Assembly submitted a response to London City Airport’s ‘Draft Master Plan 2020-2035’.

The Draft Master Plan from London 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. 


Currently, there are no flights to or from London City Airport from lunchtime on Saturday to lunchtime on Sunday.

Commenting on the submission, Chair of the London Assembly Environment Committee, Caroline Russell AM, said:

“The Environment Committee has been investigating the impact of London airport expansion proposals on the lives of Londoners.  Aviation noise and disturbance are a huge concern for residents living near airports and under flight paths.


“The Committee is opposed to any increase in City Airport’s operational hours.  Londoners who are constantly overflown by planes need their weekends.  The proposal to increase the number of flights, at City Airport whittles away the short break that Londoners get from aircraft noise.


“We hope City Airport will seriously consider the issues that we have outlined in our response.  Londoners’ quality of life should be prioritised over commercial gain for City Airport.”

Notes to editors

  1. The London Assembly response to London City Airport’s ‘Draft Master Plan 2020-2035’ is attached.
  2. Caroline Russell AM, Chair of the Environment Committee, is available for interview.
  3. Find out more about the London Assembly Environment Committee.
  4. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.


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