Air Transport World

Longer lane at London City. (airport runway extended in London, England)

LONDON--With a runway extension of 169 m, enabling it to take the British Aerospace 146 4-jet airliner plus a number of different turboprop types, the City airport in the disused Dockland area 8 mi. to the east of center of the capital is hoping for a new lease of life.

The airport has struggeled since it was built at a cost of 3 million pounds sterling ($80 million) 4 1/2 years ago by the Mowlem construction group, losing around 3 million pounds sterling ($5.3 million) a year. A total of 170,000 passengers used the facility last year, a long way from the 500,000 that it needs annually to break even.

Two main factors have been holding back expansion: Without the runway extension the airport could be used only by Dash 7 turboprops, limiting service to cities on the western side of continental Europe, such as Brussels and Paris, and connections from the city center have been difficult. …

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