HACAN East is a residents’ group set up in 2011 to represent the views of people affected by both noise and pollution from London City Airport. A number of areas are also impacted by Heathrow flights.

Currently just under 85,000 planes use the airport each year.  It has permission for 111,000 from 2019.

Flight Paths

In February 2016 London City Airport received permission from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to concentrate all its flight paths.  The communities impacted are shown below:


 London City is required to review the concentrated flight paths by February 2017.  Its assessment of how they are working then needs to be approved by the CAA by May 2017.  HACAN East had a meeting with the airport who told us that its mind 'is not closed' to looking again at the concentration question.  However, it will not do so until after the Government has consulted on its national Airspace Strategy.  That is expected late 2016 or early 2017.

You can now watch and track the London City aircraft as they arrive and depart.  You can see the flight paths they use and, by inserting your postcode, you can see what happens over your home:  https://travislcy.topsonic.aero/

Read people's stories of life under the concentrated flight pathshttp://hacan.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/HACAN-East-booklet.pdf

What you can do:

Let us know how you feel: email info@hacaneast.org.uk or call 020 7737 6641

Let your MP and local councillors know how you feel - many of them share your concerns.

Let the CAA know how you feel: complaints@caa.co.uk

Let City Airport know how you feel: environment@londoncityairport.com or call (0)20 7646 0088/0000

At the foot of this page is a leaflet which you could use to distribute in your area.  If you would like a pdf or word copy, email info@hacaneast.org.uk or call 0207 737 6641.

If you would like a template letter to send to the airport or to your MP, let us know.

Expansion Plans

London City Airport was granted permission to expand in July 2016. It did not seek to increase the total number of aircraft which use the airport.  But it wanted to bring in bigger planes so that it can start to serve places like Moscow or Istanbul.  At present most of the destinations it serves are in Western Europe.

In order to cater for these larger planes, it has been given permission to expand the taxiway and to create more space for aircraft to park at the airport.  Since the bigger aircraft will bring more passengers, it sought, and has been given permission to, increase the size of the terminal and to create more places for cars to park. 

Keep up-to-date with all the latest news and developments by checking the HACAN East website:  www.hacaneast.org.uk   It also shows how you can become a supporter.


A lot of Heathrow aircraft pass over north east and south east London. They are higher than the City Airport planes but can be very disturbing. They also start earlier, with the first plane landing at Heathrow at 4.30am.

Heathrow Airport would like a third runway.  It would increase the number of planes using Heathrow by around 250,000 a year.  Our sister organisation, HACAN, is leading the fight against a third runway – for details, see www.hacan.org.uk.  Heathrow, unlike City Airport, is looking to try to vary its flight paths in order to give people some respite from the noise.  However, that could still be a few years away.  Below is a leaflet you could print off and use in your area.