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Campaigners to fight ‘tooth and nail’ against any plans to lift flight cap at London City Airport

PUBLISHED: 11:51 09 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:50 09 July 2018

Campaign group HACAN East will oppose any plans to lift London City Airport's flight cap. Picture: Ken Mears

Campaign group HACAN East will oppose any plans to lift London City Airport's flight cap. Picture: Ken Mears

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A group of residents have vowed to fight “tooth and nail” against any plans to lift London City Airport’s annual flight cap.

John Stewart, chairman of HACAN East. Picture: John StewartJohn Stewart, chairman of HACAN East. Picture: John Stewart

The airport is considering an application to lift the cap, meaning more flights and passengers would pass through the Royal Docks airport each year.

At present London City Airport is currently limited to 6.5 million passengers and 111,000 flights each year.

An airport spokesman said: “Our expansion will be complete in 2022, and as London continues to move east, the area around us is undergoing a significant regeneration with increases in population, jobs and homes.

“The very high levels of demand which the airport is experiencing at the moment is one of the reasons why we are in the early stages of master planning, to consider the options to guide future growth.

“No plans have been finalised and any draft masterplan would be subject to public consultation.”

However John Stewart, chair of HACAN East, a resident organisation which campaigns against the airport’s expansion, has pledged to resist any moves to increase flight and passenger capacity.

He said: “Local residents would fight tooth and nail any attempt by London City Airport to raise its limits on flights and passengers.

“Many of them feel their lives are already blighted by planes from the airport. The preservation of the current cap is the reddest of red lines for residents and I suspect for many local authorities.”

London City Airport principally serves people travelling to London for business because of its proximity to Canary Wharf and the City.

It is currently undergoing a £480 million development programme which “will transform the airport, generate opportunities for local businesses and create over 2,000 jobs, many of which will go to people in Newham and the surrounding boroughs”.

However Mr Stewart argues there is no need to increase flight capacity at the airport, saying that “over the last two years flight numbers at London City Airport have fallen”.

“There has been a slight rise in passenger numbers due to the use of larger aircraft,” he added.

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