Here's how London City Airport will look after its £400m expansion

Rebecca Smith
An artist's illustration of what the airport will look like after its development programme
An artist's illustration of what the airport will look like after its development programme (Source: London City Airport)

London City Airport has released a batch of new pictures to show what it will look like following a £400m development programme.

The airport currently serves 50 destinations across 12 airlines, and has welcomed over 55.5m passengers since opening in 1987. It is eyeing bumping that number higher with its expansion plans.

The privately-funded investment includes plans for seven new aircraft stands, a parallel taxiway to maximise runway capacity, and a terminal extension to make room for rising numbers of passengers.

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Here's how the expanded London City Airport will look:

(Click or tap on the images to see them in full screen)

The improvements will mean another two million passengers a year will be able to use the airport by 2025, adding 30,000 more flights per year.

London City, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary year, is also in the process of constructing the UK's first digital air traffic control tower, with plans for that to be operational in 2019.

The updated CGIs by architects Pascall+Watson give a new look at what the airport will look like once it undergoes the £400m transformation, due for completion in 2021.

Declan Collier, the outgoing chief executive of London City, said the development "presents the opportunity to create an airport of the future, which will help meet demand in the London market, and increase connectivity".

The artist's impressions include several exterior views of an expanded airport, including the passenger terminal.

Construction is set to get underway next year.

The airport is also eyeing other ways to improve the airport's accessibility for passengers, including ambitions to secure a Crossrail station on the existing route at Silvertown.

London City said last month a station concept is in development following an initial feasibility study to confirm the station would be viable.

Read more: London City Airport is ramping up plans to secure a new Crossrail station

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