London City Airport is a rapidly growing dynamic business. It has not shifted from the initial vision of John Mowlem and Co., the orginal developer, that a City Centre Airport, designed to serve a niche business market, could reap significant financial rewards for the owner, and the airlines.
In 2003, 1.5 million passengers travelled through London City Airport to its 24 UK and European destinations. According to the Airport's latest data 59% of passengers travelling through the airport are doing so for business reasons, 65% are male, although the proportion of women is growing. 71% of flights are international, 29% are domestic. 55% of passengers are travelling with only hand luggage.
The Airport is only 6 miles east of the City, and is one of five major international airports serving the London conurbation. The other major airports serving this large market are Heathrow located 16 miles west of the City, Gatwick 25 miles to the south, Stansted 35 miles to the north-east and Luton 30 miles to the north.
London City Airport is a private limited company owned by Irish investor, Dermot Desmond and is the only London airport developed from scratch with private capital. As well as employing 250 people itself, the Airport is landlord to a host of other companies operating at the airport, including airlines, handling agents, caterers and retailers.
LONDON City Airport is proving popular with corporate operators who enjoy the speed and efficiency of an Airport so close to the city centre. Between 1995 and 2001 there was a 252% increase in corporate aviation and in August that year the Airport announced it was to build a dedicated facility for this traffic.
This new Jet Centre was completed in mid 2002. It provides a complete corporate aviation package including VIP lounges, a dedicated VIP stand, parking for at least 20 aircraft and immigration, customs and crew facilities.
The Airport also has an Air Operators Certificate (AOC). This allows the them to operate their own tri-jet Dassault Falcon 900EX executive jet for hire and reward to public transport standards without restrictions.
Surface AccessWhen the Airport opened in 1987 access to it was perceived to be poor. The opening in 1993 of the Limehouse Link and the other Docklands strategic highways transformed the position and there is now very good road access to and from central London. The A13 improvements now in progress are expected to bring further benefits to the Airport.
The need for a fixed rail link is now being met - a new extension of the DLR is under constuction with completion expected late in 2005. This will link the Airport with the transport interchange at Canning Town which opened late in 1999 and which itself greatly enhanced access to the Airport by pubic transport via the new Jubilee Line extension and the DLR. Pending the opening of the new DLR extension the Airport is linked to Canning Town by a shuttle bus. There is also a shuttle bus serving Canary Wharf and Liverpool Street.
In the future there is the prospect of a further extension of the DLR under the River to Woolwich Arsenal and the possiblity of the suggested Ebbsfleet branch of Crossrail serving the Royal Docks, including the Airport.
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4948 x 98 feet
51° 30' 20.07" N
000° 02' 39.06" E
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|Takeoff Distance||4948 feet|
|Displaced Threshold Length||358 feet|
51° 30' 17.59" N
000° 03' 57.16" E
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|Takeoff Distance||5358 feet|
|Displaced Threshold Length||211 feet|
|Overrun Length||410 feet|
|Overrun Surface||SURFACE UNKNOWN.|
51° 30' 15.66" N
000° 04' 03.01" E
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