London City Airport will undergo a £344m expansion scheme, it has been announced today.
The privately funded expansion — to include seven new aircraft stands, a parallel taxiway and passenger terminal extension —should add a further 35,000 flights to the airport by 2025, seeing it welcome up to 6.5m passengers each year. In 2015 the airport had 4.3m passengers.
London City Airport also claims the growth could create 2,000 new jobs in east London, and potentially contribute £1.5 billion to the UK economy within 10 years.
The plans will not come as welcome news to those concerned about London's pollution levels, nor members of the Green Party, including Sian Berry, who wants to see the airport transformed into a new housing and business development.