London City Airport (credit Kreepin Deth/Wikimedia Commons).
There was a huge win for our campaign when City Airport announced in August that they will be postponing their expansion plans.
City Airport had planned to double the number of flights and extend their operating hours, including more flights over the weekend, when there are currently restrictions. They also planned eight new aircraft stands and to quadruple the size of the terminal.
One of the positives of Covid-19 restrictions has been reduced flights leading to reduced emissions for the planet and noise pollution for local residents. City Airport has found a huge decline in passenger numbers due to reduced business travel during the pandemic.
Meera Chadha, Waltham Forest Lib Dem Environment Spokesperson said: “Let’s hope the airport uses the opportunity to review the need to grow flight numbers at all and look to cleaner, greener ways to support the economy.”
This follows success in March, when London City Airport told its Consultative Committee that it would drop the proposals to end the 24 hour weekend break (no planes between 12.30pm Saturday - 12.30pm Sunday) and to bring in more early morning and late evening flights.
This outcome reflects huge progress for our local campaign, supported by London Liberal Democrat Assembly Member Caroline Pigeon and former Liberal Democrat Mayoral Candidate Siobhan Benita.
It was estimated that over 4000 Back the Ban cards were sent to City Airport as part of their consultation earlier this year, urging them to reconsider the plans.
London City Airport also told the Consultative Committee in March that it is continuing to review its controversial concentrated flight paths as part of the wider airspace changes that will be coming in at all airports in London and the South East over the coming years. We will continue to press the airport to consider having multiple concentrated flight paths to provide respite for residents being flown over.
This is a great first step in addressing the environmental and wellbeing impacts for Waltham Forest residents, but there is still concern the plans will resurface as the pandemic subsides.
Join our campaign against further expansion and to press City Airport to stop their concentrated flight paths.