London Metropolis airport has revealed plans to lift its passenger cap from the present 6.5 million per yr to 9 million inside the subsequent 10 years.
The east London airport is launching a 10-week public session detailing its growth plans with the promise that it’ll “mandate the use” of quieter and fewer polluting plane at particular occasions of the day.
The airport desires to be allowed to cater for 9 million passengers by 2031 by being given extra flexibility to function on Saturdays, in addition to through the begin and finish of every day’s operations.
London Metropolis stated that solely “cleaner, quieter, new technology plane, such because the Airbus A220 and Embraer E2” can be allowed to function throughout these prolonged working hours.
Beneath the plans, the airport’s present eight-hour in a single day curfew will stay, as would its working hours on Sunday which solely permits flights after 12.30pm.
London Metropolis expects to cater for 3 million passengers in 2022 with its numbers set to return to 2019 ranges by 2024.
Robert Sinclair, the airport’s CEO, stated: “London Metropolis airport performs an extremely essential function in rapidly and simply connecting London to the remainder of the UK and the world for each enterprise and leisure journey. The power of our rebound demonstrates the massive pent-up demand for air journey and the necessity to plan responsibly for the long run.
“Most significantly, following our dedication to be the first net zero airport in London by 2030, these proposals set out how London Metropolis and its airways can meet future demand in a sustainable method.
“Specifically, it would speed up funding in cleaner, quieter, new technology plane, to be used within the prolonged durations, delivering the good thing about quieter plane to our area people all through the entire week.”
The proposals have been welcomed by London Metropolis’s largest carriers together with British Airways CityFlyer and KLM Cityhopper. The session will embrace seven public occasions throughout east London alongside “pop-up” occasions this summer season.