Search

London City Airport ‘should close’, think tank claims

11:21 10 April 2014

A plane takes off at London City Airport

A plane takes off at London City Airport

Archant

London City Airport should be closed and its site re-developed, according to a report released today by an independent think tank.

The Docklands airport accounts for just 2.4 per cent of London’s total flight demand, the New Economics Foundation has said.

It is calling on the government to close the airport, claiming existing passengers could use Heathrow, Gatwick or Stansted instead.

NEF suggest the airport closure could lead to more and better housing, as well as more green spaces to allow residents to be “given a real stake in their own area and to benefit from its resources and potential”.

“It [the airport] contributes to London’s poor air quality, carbon emissions and community blight in surrounding Newham, and causes noise pollution across much of east and south-east London,” the report says. “Generating relatively few jobs for locals, its benefits are felt almost exclusively by wealthy business people travelling to and from Canary Wharf and the City of London.”

A spokeswoman from London City Airport said the NEF report “fails to acknowledge” the link between the airport and the “gathering momentum of change” taking place in Royal Docks and East London.

“NEF is proposing less opportunity for the areas it claims to be championing and the closure of valuable business routes into – and out of – the capital,” she said.

The spokeswoman added that closing the airport would create a loss of more than 1,200 jobs and remove £750m a year from the economy.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 16:16
Members of West Ham Cricket Club wait to meet the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alan Yarrow

The Lord Mayor of the City of London has praised the work of staff at West Ham Park.

London
Yesterday, 12:43
Police wish to speak to these men

A man was assaulted by football fans in a racist attack on the Tube, police believe.

British Transport Police
Yesterday, 10:41
Councillor Ken Clark and residents at Forest Gate charity car wash

Residents held a charity car wash on Sunday to raise money for the victims of the Nepal earthquake.

Stephen Timms
Yesterday, 07:00
(Top L-R) Daniel Brazier, Danny Sharland (Bottom L-R Danny Williams, Peter Tough)

Two men from Newham have been jailed for twelve years after police found cannabis resin worth more than £6million on the back of a lorry.

Spain

Most read news

Competitions

Time to expand with the LeefiBRIDGE.

More iOS memory in a flash: Introducing Leef iBRIDGE.

Read more
The sell out 2014 event 32 Londoners, returns to the Coca-Cola London Eye!

The Coca-Cola London Eye is proud to announce that 32 Londoners will be returning this June, following last year’s sell out event. The event will feature 32 talks, in each of the London Eye’s 32 capsules on 32 extraordinary Londoners.

Read more

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder