Government give go ahead for City Airport expansion

A plane making a final approach to land at City Airport (Pic: PA/Yui Mok)

A plane making a final approach to land at City Airport (Pic: PA/Yui Mok) - Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Ima

The government today announced it has given City Airport the green light to expand.

A new taxiway can be built with larger parking spaces to accommodate bigger planes.

Tranport links to the airport will be upgraded, with more than 2,000 jobs being created.

The number of take offs and landings will rise from 70,000 to 111,000.

But campaigners are concerned the noise will have a detrimental effect on residents living in the flight pat.

Sophie Neuburg, of Friends of the Earth London, said: “This is terrible news for communities in east London which are already badly-hit by air pollution, noise and congestion.

“The Government has been ordered by the Supreme Court to clean up London’s illegally-polluted air as fast as possible, but instead it is taking a step which will make air quality worse.

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“It’s disappointing that Sadiq Khan, who has said air pollution must be a top priority, removed a key obstacle to this expansion.

“He must now stand up for Londoners’ lungs, be consistent on air pollution and commit to bringing London’s air pollution down to legal and safe limits by 2020.”

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