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LONDON - London City provided an update on its Development Programme (CADP), including a decision to temporarily pause the development at the end of this year upon completion of new aircraft stands, a full-length parallel taxiway and new passenger facilities.

At the height of the Covid-19 crisis, the airport took the decision to suspend commercial flights, re-opening on 21 June.

"By the end of 2020, the airport will have completed a number of projects to deliver significant new airside infrastructure and capacity," the airport said in a statement.." This includes eight new aircraft stands capable of accommodating the new generation of cleaner, more sustainable aircraft such as the Airbus A220, and the Embraer E2-190, along with a full length parallel taxiway providing the ability to allow 45 aircraft movements per hour, when demand returns."

More immediately, at the start of September, a new immigration facility will be opened to passengers which will include 10 new E-gates.

Since recommencing commercial flights, the airport has welcomed back four airlines, including its home-based carrier, BA City Flyer, and is now connecting to 15 domestic and European leisure and business destinations. Further airlines are set to return over the next several months, and frequencies to key business destinations are expected to increase over the autumn.

While over the summer there has been a return to flying, the recovery of the UK aviation market has been slower than expected with demand well below normal levels, including at London City, where passenger volumes will be well down on the record breaking 5.1 million passengers who used the airport last year.

"It has become clearer that the recovery to previous levels will take longer than initially expected," the airport said. "It is in this context that the airport has decided to re-evaluate the timing of the next phases of the development programme, including the new terminal extension."
© aero.uk | Image: London City Airport | 14/08/2020 07:49


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