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Mayor’s fight to block City Airport improvements is ‘perverse’

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has secured funds to fight an appeal by London City Airport over their blocked expansion plans.

The Mayor has secured £525,000 to defend his decision to overrule Newham council’s approval of the planning application.

The decision by the Mayor to continue fighting the expansion plans was labelled ‘perverse’ by London First.

David Leam, Director of Infrastructure Policy at London First, said:

“Resisting improvements to City Airport is a waste of public money which does nothing to help the capital get the air connectivity the economy needs.

“The airport’s plan has the backing of Newham Council, the business community, and even the Mayor’s own officers in the Greater London Authority.

“The UK is rapidly heading for an air capacity crunch in the South East. Until a new runway comes on-stream, we have to make the most of the infrastructure we already have. The Mayor’s decision to spend money trying to block improvements at City Airport is perverse.”

Under the expansion plans, the terminal would be extended and seven new stands for aircraft introduced. The proposals included an increase in the number of take-offs and landings to 111,000, almost doubling the number of passengers to six million annually by 2023.

As we identified in our London 2036 report with the London Enterprise Panel, London’s links to other countries are a vital part of its status as a global hub.

London First sees making the best use of existing airport capacity as essential for London’s competitiveness – and in this particular case for regeneration and jobs in East London.

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