Time for City airport to take flight

Time for City airport to take flight

Time for City airport to take flight

First published in Your Views

The noise from London City Airport affects most Newham and many east London residents every day.

England is the only country in western Europe which has an international jet airport in the middle of a city. Airports are built on the edge of cities due to the un-acceptability of plane noise to residents. London City Airport has been built in an area with pre-existing housing to the north, south, east and west.

The airport is primarily an airport for business travellers. It states nearly two-thirds of its passengers are business people.

The existing number of flights will increase significantly. The airport is currently operating under capacity due to the economic situation.

In the long term, the airport’s aim is to double the current capacity by 2030.

Newham council can change the number of flights from the airport.

As the licensing authority for flights, it can return the airport to the original intention of a short-take-off and landing airport with flights along the Thames.

The large area occupied by the airport, its attractive riverside location and its proximity to Canary Wharf and the City makes the airport site suitable for offices, which would provide jobs.

Newham council has made a regional decision detrimental to neighbouring boroughs.

J Redbridge, High Road, Ilford.

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