London City Airport has launched a public consultation into its development plans up to 2035.

The Docklands-based airport has increased passengers by 40 per cent over the past five years to reach 4.8 million in 2018 and this number is expected to rise to 11 million by 2035.

London City’s annual passenger numbers are currently capped at 6.5 million by Newham Council with a maximum of 111,000 flights allowed per year. The airport expects to reach this level of traffic in 2022.

In its draft master plan, the airport said it can satisfy this increased demand by “making best use” of its existing runway and infrastructure with only “limited further development required” by 2035.

The plan does not call for a new or extended runway, or a new terminal at London City. The airport also said it will retain its eight-hour night time closure and “not permit any noisier aircraft than those currently operating”.

Work has already started on several expansion projects at London City, including a terminal expansion and renovation, eight new aircraft stands and a parallel taxiway next to the runway. This £500 million project is due to be completed in 2022.The airport also unveiled a new brand identity earlier this year.

Robert Sinclair, chief executive at London City Airport, said: “These proposals reflect the airport’s changing role, with an increasing proportion of leisure passengers choosing the airport, and East London’s continued transformation.

“Most importantly, sustainability is central to our thinking. We have carefully developed these plans to strongly incentivise our airlines to refleet to cleaner, quieter new generation aircraft, minimise further construction activity, reduce emissions, limit aircraft noise, preserve air quality, and create meaningful opportunities for our local community.”

The consultation runs for 12 weeks until 20 September, with the airport due to produce a final master plan before the end of 2019.

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