In 2019 London City Airport undertook an extensive 16-week public consultation on their draft master plan which proposed airport expansion and a change to operating hours. The plans raised a number of concerns which ranged from increased noise pollution in flight path areas to issues of air quality. Jon Cruddas MP was contacted by many constituents during the consultation period and met with London City Airport to discuss their concerns.
At the time Jon Cruddas MP said: “I just can’t see the justification for supporting airport expansion in London. Knowing what we do now about emissions and the goal to reach net-zero carbon in 11 years, airport expansion is at odds with the current social, economic and political direction of travel.”
The results of the consultation have now been published in a new finalised master plan which can be found here: https://www.londoncityairport.com/corporate/master-plan
Recognising the concerns that were raised by those that took part in the consultation alongside key stakeholders, London City Airport have adapted the master plan to maintain current operating hours, including the existing eight-hour night-time flight curfew.
City Airport have also expressed that they recognise growth must go hand in hand with the highest environmental standards which means they will now focus on providing capacity for up to 11 million passengers and 151,000 aircraft movements each year, by making best use of the existing runway.
Jon Cruddas said: “we need to get the right balance between supporting business, protecting the environment and meeting the climate change challenge by transitioning to net zero. The changes to London City Airport’s master plan is a victory for all those that questioned the negative impacts expansion could have on life in Dagenham and Rainham.”
A London City Airport representative said: “We remain very confident in the long-term prospects of London City Airport and our ability to return to growth and create more local jobs in the years to come. In the short term, we will focus on recovering from COVID-19, supporting our local communities and welcoming back passengers and airlines to London’s most central airport.”