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London City breaks weekend record


London City Airport experienced its busiest ever weekend between May 25 and May 28, and Friday 25 May was its best day ever.  Over the four day UK bank holiday weekend, more than 45,000 passengers used the terminal while on Friday 25 19,496 travellers passed through the doors.

Robert Sinclair, CEO of London City Airport, said: “Many people associate London City Airport with business travel only.  While this is an incredibly important core market for us, we are also seeing passengers who value our speed and convenience, using the airport for leisure travel, particularly during off-peak periods and weekends.  Our bumper Bank Holiday points to this trend and demonstrates consumer confidence to fly, providing a shot in the arm for the airport’s passenger numbers, hot on the heels of CAA confirmation that we’re the UK’s most punctual airport.”

The top five routes over the weekend (accounting for 44% of all passengers) were:

  1. Amsterdam – 5,218
  2. Zurich – 4,001
  3. Dublin – 3,780
  4. Milan Linate – 3,733 5
  5. Edinburgh – 3,434

These latest figures point to further passenger growth in 2018, driven by an increase in leisure travellers as well as continuing strong demand from businesses.  Airlines have now introduced revised seasonal schedules for the summer period, including British Airways (Bergerac, Malaga, Granada, Skiathos, Santorini and Mykonos) and TAP Air Portugal (Lisbon and Porto).

To accommodate the increasing traffic, the airport is using technology to behind-the-scenes.  Recent improvements to outbound baggage capacity mean that more than 5,500 bags can be processed per hour.  Through rigorous analysis of data the airport has also improved aircraft turnaround times, helping to achieve an on time performance of 81.6% in 2017 – the best in the country according to data published by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).  A four-year £480 million airport development is also underway, which will deliver a new experience for passengers, airlines, businesses and local communities.  The City Airport Development Programme includes eight new aircraft stands, a parallel taxiway, and an expanded and reconfigured passenger terminal, quadrupling in size and due for completion in 2022, enabling the airport to accommodate 6.5m passengers per year.

The airport in London’s Royal Docks prides itself on offering efficient passenger experience – from the front door to departure lounge in 20 minutes or less, and from plane to train in 15 minutes or less upon arrival.  It is currently served by eleven airlines operationg to 44 domestic, European and US destinations.

Image: London City Airport has just had its busiest bank holiday weekend on record.  Work on the City Airport Development Programme has already started and will add more capacity to the terminal and apron.  (London City Airport)

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