London City Airport has published a draft master plan, laying out its 15-year strategy and emphasising sustainability as the central theme of its future development.
The airport has said it will be carbon neutral by the end of this year and has also committed to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, in line with the policy set out by the UK Government, the Mayor of London and the London Borough of Newham.
“This draft master plan is a long-term vision for London City Airport, detailing how London’s most central airport can meet continued demand sustainably, create jobs and opportunities for East London, and support the capital as a major global city for tourism and business,” said Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer for London City Airport.
The plan includes measures to encourage airlines to speed up investment in the latest generation of cleaner and quieter aircraft, such as the Airbus A220 and Embraer E2.
The airport will retain its eight-hour night-time closure and has said it has no plans to add a new or extended runway or a new terminal.
“These proposals reflect the airport’s changing role, with an increasing proportion of leisure passengers choosing the airport, and East London’s continued transformation,” said Sinclair.
“We have carefully developed these plans to strongly incentivise our airlines to re-fleet to cleaner, quieter new generation aircraft, minimise further construction activity, reduce emissions, limit aircraft noise, preserve air quality, and create meaningful opportunities for our local community.”
Consultation on the draft master plan lasts for 12 weeks, ending on 20th September. The airport is encouraging communities and stakeholders to review the documents and provide feedback on how the airport can grow sustainably.