Judges say ‘yes’ to extra flights

High Court judges have upheld Newham Council’s decision to allow London City Airport to increase its flights

Their ruling means that the Docklands airport can now go ahead with its plans increase the number of flights by 50 per cent to 120,000 although campaigners have indicated that they may appeal against the judge’s decision.

A judicial review hearing was held at London’s High Court in November 2010.

Newham Council agreed to allow the airport to increase the number of flights from between 70,000 and 80,000 a year to 120,000. However, Fight the Flights issued a judicial review of the decision on the grounds that the council had: failed to take account of a change in Government policy in climate change, to consult the boroughs of Waltham Forest and Redbridge on the possible effects of the increased traffic movements on those boroughs and their residents and to consult residents at large within Waltham Forest and Redbridge.