Property specialists have claimed that the forthcoming expansion of London City Airport is well within the site’s capacity – and will be greeted positively by the local community.
Whereas expansion at Heathrow has roused major opposition, Buy Association claimed that the planned increase of flights from the south-east London hub would be welcomed more readily. Just two miles from business centre Canary Wharf, the airport has already seen the introduction of twice-daily Lufthansa flights to Berlin this week, while British Airways is planning to launch routes to Nice, Barcelona and Warsaw from the hub in the spring.
Paul Collins, a spokesperson for Buy Association, said: "It’s difficult with transport networks because there are certain things that really push up property prices and really help things out and there are other things that might serve to put people off a little bit from certain areas." London City Airport was, however, a particular case, he claimed, explaining: "[It] is a bit of a different one because it’s very much an urban airport and has always been right in the middle of residential areas so there aren’t any huge planes that use it."
He claimed that noise disruption would be minimal, despite the passenger terminal being expanded to accommodate another 40,000 flights per year.