New book celebrates 30 years of London City Airport

Tuesday 17th October 2017

London City Airport

New book celebrates 30 years of  London City Airport

Emerald Media was delighted to support veteran travel writer and publisher Malcolm Ginsberg at the launch of his new book, London City Airport: 30 Years Serving the Capital, which took place at the Canary Wharf Marketing Suite on 10 October.

The publication of the 190-page book coincides with the 30th anniversary of Docklands-based London City Airport (LCY), which was opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 5 November 1987.

Declan Collier, who served as CEO of London City Airport between March 2012 and November 2017, said at the launch that LCY owed its success to being an early adopter of the inner-city airport model. Collier, who also contributed to the book, is especially proud the airport has always employed teams that work closely with OEMs. He upholds the principle: "If you can sell an aircraft to London City, you can sell an aircraft anywhere in the world."

With just two airlines operating de Havilland Dash 7 aircraft - Charles Stuart's Brymon Airways and Sir Michael Bishop's EuroCity Express - LCY supported 133,000 passengers during its first year. In 2016, London City Airport handled 4.6 million passengers across 12 airlines.

Looking to the future, Collier is excited about the expansion plans at London City Airport. Due to be completed in 2021, capacity at the airport will increase to 6.5 million passengers per year and Collier hopes by then it will support routes to India, the US and Canada thanks to the capabilities of new aircraft such as the Bombardier C Series family.

The airport is commencing the £344 million expansion project this year, which will create seven new aircraft stands, a parallel taxiway and an extended terminal by 2025.
The improvements will create 2,000 new jobs, many of which Collier hopes will be filled by local people. Thanks to the "Take Off into Work" scheme in partnership with Newham Workplace, which was introduced by Collier's predecessor, Richard Gooding OBE, 65% of today's LCY employees live within five miles of the airport.

While Collier is clearly delighted LCY has come such a long way since its inception, he finished his speech on a more sombre note, declaring, "Something's gone seriously wrong with the planning and permit process. We have the capability, the technology and the people [to improve], but now we need the support of the system."

The launch was also attended by the Roy Griffins, Chairman of London City Airport for 10 years until 2017; Howard Sheppard, Planning Advisor for the Canary Wharf Group; the aforementioned Richard Gooding; and many others involved with LCY's development over the years.

London City Airport: 30 Years Serving the Capital takes readers through the history of the Docklands in a timeline which parallels airport news with developments in the outside world. Highlighting key events, Malcolm jokingly told attendees that the popular BBC Soap Eastenders originally refused to feature LCY in its credits. He also said he looked forward to LCY having its own Crossrail station in the future.

Priced at £25, London City Airport: 30 Years Serving the Capital is the ideal gift for the regular traveller and aviation enthusiast. Congratulations to Malcolm and his wife Linda on putting together this very informative book.

Emerald Media and LCY

In the 90s, Emerald Media represented Crossair of Switzerland, the visionary European regional airline which pioneered jet services with the BAe 146 (Jumbolino).
We are also proud to have supported the London City-Frankfurt Bank Express (Business Air); Augsburg Airways and Flybe (flying Bombardier Q400s) and most recently, Saab 2000/Dornier 328 operator SkyWork Airlines.

Throwback to London City Airport in early 90's Utube Video:

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