Government gives City permission to expand

The Government announced today that it had given London City Airport permission to expand.  It endorsed the recommendation of the Inspector who heard evidence at a Public Inquiry held earlier this year.

City Airport will be allowed to build a taxiway and more parking spaces in order to accommodate the larger planes it wants to bring in.  The terminal will also be expanded to cater for the increase in passenger numbers.  And there will parking facilities built.

The Airport has been keen to get expansion because the larger planes will allow it to serve destinations like Moscow and Istanbul, further afield than most of its destinations are at present.

But residents will be hit hard.  London City got permission from the Civil Aviation Authority to concentrate its flight paths earlier this year.  Now those residents face the prospect of more, and larger, planes.

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