Figures published by London City Airport reveal that Monday 19th March to Sunday 25th March was the busiest week ever in the history of the airport with 101,336 passengers either departing from or arrived in London City Airport, aboard 1,525 flights. For the first time in the 31 years of the airport – weekly passenger numbers exceeded 100,000.
The record-breaking figures came before annual Easter getaway, during which the airport expected around 55,000 passengers to travel over the course of the long weekend.
Partly responsible for the latest figures is strong performances by British Airways and Flybe, and an increasing mix of passengers, as the airport seeks to attract both business and leisure travellers. In 2017 around 54% of the airport’s 4.5 million passengers travelled for business purposes and 46% for leisure. This week, for example, the airport commences Porto flights, for the first time offering flights to the scenic and trendy Portuguese coastal city with TAP Air Portugal, and CityJet reinstates its Florence service.
The airport in London’s Royal Docks is favoured by travellers for its convenient location and unrivalled quick and 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. Currently eleven airlines serve 44 domestic, European and U.S. routes. As the year progresses, the airport is expecting continued passenger growth.
In the meantime, the airport’s £480 million development will deliver a new airport 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, due for completion in 2022, enabling the airport to accommodate 6.5 million passengers per year.
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