London City airport has been granted permission to increase the number of ‘flight movements’ to 120,000 per year after planning officials at Newham council have the go-ahead on a planning application. The airport currently handles 80,000 flights a year.
In a statement issued on Wednesday night airport bosses said the decision “recognises the airport’s importance in the community, its contribution to the local economy and the increased number of jobs that will become available to local residents as a result of our growth.”
Under the terms of the planning application there will be no changes to current operating hours. The airport prides itself on a policy of “community engagement” and says almost 30% of staff live in the borough of Newham.
However critics of the scheme have previously warned that the proposals would lead to excessive noise levels.