Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg visited London City Airport on Friday 6 April, meeting staff and receiving a behind-the-scenes tour of the airport with CEO Robert Sinclair, as the Department for Transport announced further detailsregarding the Government’s Aviation Strategy.
Baroness Sugg viewed plans and saw the areas of King George V Dock which will be transformed as the airport continues its four-year £480 million development programme, which will accommodate an additional two million passengers per year and expand its global connections to encourage further trade links and tourism. The investment will further improve the passenger experience and create an airport for the future that serves all of London, while retaining London City’s unique passenger proposition which is highly valued by its customers.
As part of the visit, the Minister was able to hear from Mr Sinclair and other airport staff how the Aviation Strategy’s priorities are being pursued at London City Airport. For example customer-focussed measures to improve accessibility and the needs of passengers with reduced mobility, and sustainable steps in the airport’s development, such as electric vehicle charging points the promotion of walking and cycling. The airport is also leading the way in innovation by delivering the UK’s first digital air traffic control tower, in partnership with NATS, and encouraging skills growth through its annual ‘STEM in Aviation Day’ - attended last year by 210 secondary school pupils from six East London boroughs.
Baroness Sugg, Aviation Minister, said:
“London City Airport’s development programme places passengers at its core, replicating one of the key objectives of the Government’s Aviation Strategy.
“With the introduction of new routes, electric vehicle charging points and improved accessibility at the airport, passengers are set to see significant benefits and an even better experience when they fly.
“Working with industry, the Aviation Strategy will help ensure Britain is a world leader in aviation by providing an outstanding consumer experience, encouraging sustainable growth and increasing trade opportunities.”
Robert Sinclair, CEO of London City Airport, said:
“The Government’s Aviation Strategy signposts to a future air travel experience which prioritises passengers at every stage of the journey, and it was a real pleasure to welcome Baroness Sugg to discuss at length how we are seeking to achieve that.
“As London City Airport invests significantly in new infrastructure, creates more space, and a better range and choice of facilities, we are working hard to ensure we grow sustainably and remain London’s favourite, and most convenient, airport.”
During the tour, the Minister also met with members of the London City Airport’s Metropolitan Police unit, Passenger Experience Host, Cherie Thackeray; Security Terminal Manager, Rikki Pluck; Mitie Operations Manager, Neil Brown; and Airfield Duty Manager, Natasha Hines, who explained some of the unique characteristics of London City Airport due to its location in London’s Royal Docks.