London City airport welcomed over 4.5 million passengers in 2016, the highest figure in its 30-year history.

The total of 4,526,059 passengers represented a five per cent year-on-year growth compared with 2015, with 52 per cent of all passengers travelling for business.

Six new routes were launched from the airport last year – Bergerac, Alicante (although this has since been dropped by British Airways), Berlin, Bremen, Cardiff, Paris CDG and Rennes.

The airport also received approval for its £344 million expansion plans, to include seven new aircraft stands, a parallel taxiway and terminal extension.

The City Airport Development Programme will enable the airport to welcome 6.5 million passengers per year by 2025.

Commenting on the figures London City airport’s CEO Declan Collier said:

“With 52 per cent of all passengers travelling for business, the five per cent year-on-year growth demonstrates that the appetite for business travel to and from London remains strong despite the unpredictable political climate, as we prepare to expand the airport in 2017 to meet increasing demand.”