Posted on July 26, 2013
26/7/13 for immediate use
Residents seek caste-iron guarantee that new planes will be quieter as City Airport seeks to expand
HACAN East, the organisation which represents residents under the London City and Heathrow flight paths, is concerned that that City Airport’s expansion plans, to be announced today, will result in more noise across East and South-East London.
The airport is proposing to undertake a lot of work on its runway and taxiways to allow bigger planes to use the airport. It is also proposing to expand the terminal, build a hotel and create more parking.
HACAN East chair, John Stewart, said, “City Airport claims that the new planes will be quieter than the large aircraft currently using the airport. But residents need a caste-iron guarantee that the planes will actually be quieter”
Stewart added, “People need assurances after 25 years of broken promises by the airport. It opened by telling residents that the airport would only use ‘whispering’ jets.”
London City’s expansion plans now go to Newham Council, the planning authority for the airport, for approval.