City Airport announces terminal expansion plans
A multi-million pound terminal upgrade has been announced by London City Airport which it hopes will allow it to take on traffic from other south-east airports currently "feeling the strain".
It will help the airport, which currently handles 70,000 flights each year, reach its target of 120,000 agreed with Newham Council back in 2010.
The Royal Docks aerodrome will invest £15million to bring in new departure gates, improve lounge facilities, redevelop the arrivals hall and improve baggage handling areas.
The announcment comes at a time when the aviation debate on how to increase London's airport capacity rumbles on.
London City's CEO Declan Collier said: "With the investment we've announced today and further infrastructure work over the next three years, we can reach our permitted capacity, maintain our high standards and absorb some European air traffic from other airports in the South East that are beginning to feel the strain."
Work will begin early next year.
The airport is also looking to submit a planning application on a reconfiguration of the stand areas in the first half of 2013.
This will allow next technology planes with wider wing span to come to the airport. A consultation and public exhibitions will be held on the issue.