City Airport gets traffic lift

London’s City Airport has smashed through the 3m passenger mark in 2011 after growing its traffic by 7.6 per cent over the year. Traffic in December was up a hefty 33 per cent on a year ago. The airport has grown faster than Heathrow, which added 3.7 per cent to its passenger numbers in the year to November, and outpaced a 3.4 per cent drop at Stansted. The airport is still operating below its 2008 peak of 3.27m passengers, though chief executive Richard Gooding is optimistic ahead of the Olympics.