Airport expansion to open new gateway

Wed 31 October 2018, 3:12 pm

A £500 million, four-year project to expand London City Airport could open up Essex and Kent, according to CEO Rob Sinclair.

Speaking at the second annual Thames Estuary Growth Day at CentrED in London’s Docklands, Sinclair praised the changes to the area he once lived in: "Having been at London City [Airport] for exactly one year today, it's been amazing for me to see first-hand the growth and regeneration of the area where I first lived 23 years ago."

Sinclair said now was the time "to hit the reset button" and use the potential airport expansion as the gateway - not just for London - but the whole of Essex and Kent.

Opened in 1988, the airport carried three million passengers in 2017. but the expansion would increase that number to eight million by 2030.

Sinclair added: "The amount of change has been really quite incredible. But I do believe that the opportunity is even more exciting going forward and the pace of change is quickening; I am confident that we can do so much more here."


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