London City airport is currently developing its master plan, looking to double the number of flights it runs and increase the hours it operates. City Airport's flight paths are extremely low, as they need to fly below those from Heathrow, which means more noise for those living nearby. Many Waltham Forest residents, particularly in Leyton and Leytonstone, live under City Airport's flight path.
Currently there are limits on the number of flights in the first and last half hour of operations each day, and there are no flights from midday Saturday to midday Sunday. The current limitations give respite to residents, but the airport management wants to lift those restrictions to run more flights. Specifically, they are looking to run more flights from 6.30am through to 11pm during the week, and extend the hours of operation on the weekends. Despite the potential effects of this change on people living under the flight path, residents of Waltham Forest have not been included in the consultation process.
At a time of Climate Crisis, we need to be reducing our flights not increasing them. Whilst City Airport makes claims about working to be carbon neutral, they don't include flights in their calculations so it is of little impact. We recognise that airports can bring jobs and help the economy, but can the economic benefits of an expanded City Airport outweigh the environmental impact and the severe negative impact on the health and wellbeing of local residents?
Make sure your voice is heard.
The consultation closes on the 20th September - have your say here: www.londoncityairport.com/corporate/consultation