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Stansted and LCY growth approved

8 Oct 2008 by Mark Caswell

Both Stansted and
London City airports have been granted permission to increase the number of yearly
flights and passengers.

Both airports had
requested increases in the number of movements (one movement being either a
plane taking off or landing), with Stansted’s request having initially been
refused back in November 2006.

Following an
independent public inquiry this has now been granted, with Stansted’s limit of
movements per year now increased to 264,000 (up just under 10 per cent from
241,000), and its passenger numbers up to 35 million (from 25 million).

In the case of
LCY the increase in movements is even more significant, with a 50 per cent
increase in the limit of movements from 80,000 to 120,000. The airport says
that passengers volumes rose by more than 20 per cent in both 2006 and 2007, and
is expected to rise to around 3.2 million this year (from 2.9 million).

Both Stansted and
LCY are single runway airports, and Stansted has been quick to emphasise that
its application for flight increases did not include asking permission for “any
additional physical developments or facilities that do not currently have
planning approval”, nor did it seek “any modifiaction to current night flight
flight restrictions”.

Meanwhile the
discussions over a proposed third runway at Heathrow continues, with the
Conservatives recently saying they would scrap the plans in favour of north-south
high speed rail link. Liberal Democrat shadow chancellor Vince Cable also said
this week that the business case for a third runway is “weak and overstated”
(see online news October 8).

Report by Mark
Caswell

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