London City Airport has revealed new artist’s impressions of the exterior as it celebrates 30th anniversary.
Commercial services to the airport, built on a redundant site in London’s Royal Docks, commenced on October 26, 1987. The first flight, carrying around 40 passengers, touched down from Plymouth on the peninsula between Royal Albert Dock and King George V Dock. The first arrival, operated by Brymon Airways, was followed by a Eurocity Express service from Brussels, both using De Havilland Canada Dash 7 aircraft. At the time, London City Airport was the first completely new airport to be built in the UK for 40 years, taking just 18 months to construct at a cost of £34m. It has subsequently increased its route map to around 50 destinations, is used by 12 airlines, and has served a total of more than 55.5m passengers since 1987
To coincide with the milestone, the airport has released updated CGIs by architects Pascall + Watson, which are illustrative of what the airport will look like after it undergoes the £400m City Airport Development Programme (CADP), due for completion in 2021. The privately-funded investment includes plans for seven new aircraft stands, a parallel taxiway to maximise runway capacity, and a terminal extension to accommodate increasing passengers. The improvements will enable 2m more passengers per year to use the airport by 2025 and add 30,000 additional flights per year, creating over 2,000 jobs and generating an additional £750m per year for the UK economy. The passenger terminal will increase in size by around 40,000m². Enabling works are already under way and construction commences in early in 2018.
Declan Collier, Chief Executive Officer of London City Airport, said: “Over the past 30 years, London City Airport has become an intrinsic part of London’s transport system; growing responsibly to a record-breaking 4.6 million annual passengers in 2016, creating local employment, and connecting business and leisure travellers with the UK, Europe and beyond.
“As we celebrate this anniversary, we look to a bright future ahead and the world-class transformation which is soon to commence. The City Airport Development Programme presents the opportunity to create an airport of the future, which will help meet demand in the London market, and increase connectivity.”
Coinciding with the 30th birthday celebrations, a free exhibition opened on Jubilee Walk in Canary Wharf, which illustrates the role the airport has played in East London’s regeneration. London City Airport: 30 Years in Photographs includes 52 images, including new aerial photography and archive pictures. There is also new work by aviation photographer Ben Walsh, who has captured the present day view of several archive images conveying the compelling changes to London since the airport opened in 1987. The exhibition closes 7 November.
Over the course of the 30th anniversary year the airport has collected several awards in recognition of the service provided by its staff. In March, it became Airport of the Year at the London Transport Awards, and at the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2017 was recognised as Best Airport among those handling up to 5m passengers per year. It has also picked up the European Regions Airline Association Airport of the Year 2017.
Photos: London City Airport has revealed new images of its forthcoming terminal and airfield development. (London City Airport)