11 JANUARY 2021
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The Civil Aviation Authority has approved the new parallel taxiway at London City Airport. When fully operational the airport can easily operate up to 45 movements per hour, but that is a long way off. Eight additional stands are now available, suitable for larger wingspan aircraft such as the Airbus A220-200.
When it first opened in November 1987 the movement target was just 15 per hour.
Passengers will soon benefit from improved facilities in the terminal, including a larger immigration facility with 10 new e-gates and a new outbound baggage arrangement. Once complete, this facility will be able to process 2,400 bags per hour and feature the latest security screening technology.
A digital Air Traffic Control Tower has also been constructed, with plans for it to be operational early next year – a global first for a commercial airport of this size, demonstrating the airport’s ongoing commitment to technological innovation.
The second phase of the City Airport Development Programme, including construction of the terminal extension and new east pier, was paused in summer 2020 due to the short-term impact of Covid-19. These projects remain part of the airport’s future plans, and with the foundations now in place, will be progressed as demand recovers in the UK aviation market.
At the present time flights are extremely limited and last Friday, always the busiest day of the week, there were the two regular daily return flights from Amsterdam (KLM), and single ones from Luxembourg (Luxair) and Vilnius (LOT). British Airways added evening return services to Belfast and Frankfurt. A Covid-19 testing centre is open at the airport.
Malcolm Ginsberg's London City Airport – 30 Years Serving the Capital, is available at WH Smith airside at the airport.
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Note Crossrail in the foreground and the station Mr Johnson forgot. It could still be built!
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