A planning application by London City Airport to increase its opening hours and passenger numbers has been refused by Newham Council.
But the airport has confirmed it will appeal against the decision, which was due to concerns about the impact of noise on local residents from three additional morning and Saturday afternoon flights.
The airport wants to raise its annual passenger cap from 6.5 million to 9 million, adding three more flights in the first half hour of operations during the week and flying on Saturday afternoon until 6:30pm (7:30pm in summer), with no increase to the annual number of flights beyond what is currently permitted.
It has also proposed that only cleaner, quieter, new generation aircraft would be allowed to fly in any extended periods.
London City Airport Chief Executive, Robert Sinclair, said it was disappointed with the council’s refusal.
“We have worked incredibly hard to develop proposals that genuinely reflect concerns raised, sought feedback from our local community and worked closely with the Council’s planning officers. Their views are built into our proposals to ensure that we addressed appropriate concerns and continue to be a good neighbour and local employer,” he said.
“If the appeal can be determined shortly, our airlines will be able to progress refleeting to cleaner, quieter, new generation aircraft sooner; delivering more choice for passengers, more jobs for local people and reducing the overall noise impact as early as next summer.”
Tom Stoddart, CEO of British Airways CityFlyer, said: “The proposals will improve choice and connections for our customers, as well as create considerable employment opportunities and support economic growth in local areas. The proposed extended Saturday afternoon operating hours will also support the investment into new, more fuel-efficient and quieter aircraft, which can help benefit the local community.”
Once an appeal is lodged with the Planning Inspectorate, the application will be determined following a public inquiry conducted by an Independent Planning Inspector.