London City Airport announces five point pledge

A plane making a final approach to land at City Airport, in east London Picture: PA Images/Yu

A plane making a final approach to land at City Airport, in east London Picture: PA Images/Yui Mok - Credit: PA ARCHIVE IMAGES

Jobs, education, community, environment and business – these are the five “points of promise” made by the borough’s only airport.

London City Airport has launched its Newham Community Pledge in a bid to show its hoped-for expansion would benefit the people living in the borough.

Chief executive Declan Collier said the company puts residents “at the heart” of what it does.

“We are absolutely determined that London City Airport should continue to be a good neighbour and corporate citizen of Newham,” he said, adding that it had already spent £2.7 million on local initiatives since 2009.

The firm said it intended to insulate more nearby properties against the sound of aircraft, employ hundreds more local staff, raise more money for the likes of Richard House hospice and build on the work placement scheme that has already included more than 200 Newham students.

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Later this year the firm will learn if its appeal against Boris Johnson’s decision to block its expansion was successful.

Activists Hacan East oppose the expansion on various grounds, including noise pollution.

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