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Anonymous20 Jan 2011
Yes I saw that VK – good news all round. LCY is a great airport and one I enjoy using. The great unwashed types who object to flying seem happy enough to fly themselves when they deem it “important”. The most hyprocisy I have seen over this issue was the two members of Plane Stupid who protested at Manchester Airport about short haul on a Thursday and then used Manchester to fly to Edinburgh for a wedding on the Saturday !21 Jan 2011
How times change. I remember when LCY was first mooted, there was some local resistance, mainly concerns about noise. It was also in an undeveloped part of London full of warehouses and factories.
The locals were mostly won over by the promise of jobs at the airport and by virtue of increased business being bought to the area.
Its success and the development of canary Wharf meant that many apartment blocks and homes were built, but people buying knew full well there was an airport there and in fact good air-links is what first attracted many of them to buy there.
LCY had to struggle in the beginning, and I believe there were a few times when it looked as if it might close. However it has now gone on to become very popular and profitable and it seems that old British syndrome, of, if it’s a success, less try and wreck it, is rearing it ugly head!
From my side I’m delighted with this outcome and may LCY continue to prosper and serve the East and S.E. of London.27 Jan 2011
If only the stereotype of ‘hippies’ opposing airport expansion was the extent of the problem.
It was Daily Mail reading N.I.M.B.Y. Conservatives and Cameron’s government who ultimately stood in the way of Britain’s truly pressing airport issue- Heathrow’s runway situation. Expansion that was supported by the Labour party.27 Jan 2011