London City Airport (LCY) gets approval for expansion despite local opposition.

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Taking off
Taking off from London City

LCY, or ‘City’ as it is often known, is a small airfield located near Canary Wharf, the commercial centre for London’s Finance Industry. A £200 million investment at London City Airport received approval recently and will allow an increase in flights to 111,000 per year. (The current limit is 70,000). By 2023 the airport expansion will create an additional 1,500 jobs. The problem with City at the moment is that planes take off by taxing to the end of the runway, on the runway. Meaning longer gaps between take-offs and landing. The new plan sees a new taxiway, allowing planes to line up for take-off on the taxiway.

The changes will enable better use of the runway and allow more take-offs and landings at peak times as well as accommodate new aircraft types with longer ranges allowing a greater range of destinations.

The airport currently serves 46 destinations including the BA flights to New York JFK. The airport handled 3.65 million passengers last year, an increase of 8% over 2013.

Work is due to start towards the end of 2015.

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