London City's expansion put on hold
Thu, 31 Jul, 2008
The decision as to whether London City Airport should be allowed to increase annual flights capacity by 50 per cent has been deferred.
Newham borough council was expected to give the green light after an inspector advised the local authority to rubber stamp the expansion.
The delay follows a request by London mayor Boris Johnson that the decision be postponed until a study by the National Air Traffic Services is published.
If and when the go-ahead is given, capacity will increase from 80,000 to 120,000 flights a year.
A decision on the hub's application is now expected some time in September.
According to a report in the Telegraph, the airport is also working on a second application to increase its passenger capacity to eight million people a year.
London City was sold in 2006 for £750 million to insurer AIG and Global Infrastructure Partners.