Emirates Air Line Passengers

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/5103
Question By: 
Tom Copley
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Your latest TfL business plan shows you forecast there will be 1 million passenger journeys on the Emirates Air Line in 2021/22 compared with a forecast of 3 million on your previous business plan. What factors have led to such a dramatic fall in passenger numbers?

Answer

Answer for Emirates Air Line Passengers

Answer for Emirates Air Line Passengers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Emirates Air Line (EAL) carries around 1.5 million passenger journeys per annum and the Business Plan reflects this figure. The number of journeys is expected to grow in future as the redevelopment of the local area which EAL serves gathers pace.

The reduction in forecast passenger demand on EAL is due to lower than expected economic growth over the last year and more pessimistic economic forecasts for future years. Total EAL income however continues to cover operating costs and has also begun repaying the infrastructure investment cost. TfL is continuing to explore innovative approaches to increasing revenue such as corporate and themed events.