Anger over airport plan

London City Airport
London City Airport, situated four miles south of Waltham Forest (credit Kleon3/WikiCommons)

Leyton and Leytonstone set to be affected by further expansion of London City Airport, reports James Cracknell

Anti-aviation campaigners have reacted with dismay at new plans by London City Airport to double its flights.

Planes taking off from the airport in Newham often fly over Leyton and Leytonstone, which both lie underneath one of its “concentrated” flight paths – contributing to air and noise pollution.

While flight numbers are currently capped at 111,000, London City Airport now wants to increase this to 151,000 by 2035. There were around 75,000 flights last year.

The airport also wants to get rid of a ban on flights between 12.30pm Saturday and 12.30pm on Sunday and is proposing more flights be allowed to operate in the early morning and late evening.

John Stewart, chair of HACAN East, which gives a voice to residents under the airport’s flight paths, said: “For all its green talk, this plan would be disastrous for residents. Flight numbers could double from today’s levels. And, to rub in the pain, the airport is looking to ease the restrictions at weekends and in the early morning and late evening.”

A public consultation on the plans runs until Friday 20th September. Robert Sinclair, the airport’s chief executive, said: “This is a long-term vision for London City Airport, detailing how London’s most central airport can meet continued demand sustainably, create jobs and opportunities for East London, and support the capital as a major global city for tourism and business.”

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