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London City Airport Opens After BA Plane Evacuation

London’s City Airport reopened today following the evacuation of a British Airways Plc plane last night after its nosewheel collapsed during landing.

A small number of minor injuries were treated onsite, said Cathy West, a British Airways spokeswoman. The plane, a BAE Systems Plc four-engine RJ100 on a flight from Amsterdam, was later removed from the runway.

The 67 passengers and five crew members escaped down emergency slides after the aircraft’s landing gear failed, West confirmed. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch is conducting an investigation, she said.

“Everyone had to vacate from the rear of the plane,” Agence France-Presse cited passenger Ray Hamblin as saying. “People were not moving fast enough and they got pretty fractious.”

The aircraft touched down at about 7:50 p.m. local time. The airport, located in the eastern part of the city near the Canary Wharf financial district, reopened after being closed to all flights following the incident. There are some delays to flights today, West said.

Flights into and out of the privately owned airport will be “unaffected” tomorrow during normal operating hours, according to the Website.

There was no fire, according to a spokeswoman for the London Fire Brigade who declined to be identified. The site was under control when firefighters arrived on the scene soon after the touchdown, she said.

Last week, a different British Airways RJ100 plane became stuck on City Airport’s runway because of a steering problem with its front wheel. The Feb. 5 incident closed the airport for two hours.

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Superbrand status awarded to London City Airport

London City Airport has revealed that it has been named a Business Superbrand alongside the likes of Airbus and Google.

The airport is now 261st in the Superbrands list, which details the top 500 business brands in the UK. Last year it was named in 415th position.

Selecting the top businesses is the responsibility of over 1,500 business professionals, who carry out an independent selection process before naming the organisations that have the "finest reputation" in their particular field.

Other criteria involve customers being offered "significant and/or tangible" advantages over a company's rivals or competitors.

London City Airport chief executive Richard Gooding said that the airport is continuing to focus on the business community and developing its "business, brand and reputation".

"Our location on the doorstep of the City and Canary Wharf makes us an obvious choice for business travellers wanting to reach over 30 UK and European financial centres," he said.

London City Airport was recently named the top UK airport by readers of Wanderlust magazine.

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Airport ID cards trials axed

Controversial plans for compulsory identity cards - which were due to be trialled by staff at London City Airport - have been dropped. Airside workers and pilots at the two airport were to be the first to be issued with the cards later this year.

The cards were then due to be rolled out across the country by 2012. However, on Tuesday afternoon, the new Home Secretary Alan Johnson said changes in the plans meant the airport trial would not got ahead. He said that while ID cards would still be brought in, they should be ‘a personal choice for British citizens’.


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London City Airport runway designation changes

The runway at London City Airport has a new designation number to reflect the shift of magnetic north from any fixed point as the world slowly orbits, the Newham Recorder reports.

Staff and contractors worked through Monday night to change the airport's signage and paint new markings on the runway from 28 and 10 - the abbreviated magnetic runway headings of 280° and 100° - to 27 and 09. All official charts and reference material were also amended.

It is expected to be at least 50 years before the runway designation needs to change again.

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[textarea]London City Airport set to up flights by 50 percent

London City Airport is to be allowed to increase its flights by 50 percent by the end of next year, a move likely to boost development in east London ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games.

The Borough of Newham said it has agreed to raise the number of flights in and out of the airport, located just two miles from the Olympic site, to a maximum of 120,000 per year from the current 80,000.

The increase is expected to boost the number of passengers per year to 3.9 million from 3.3 million, said an airport spokeswoman.

She said the expansion will create an estimated 957 new jobs but will not require additional construction.

Employers' group the CBI said the expansion would be vital to the regeneration of east London and to the Olympics.

London City Airport, designed primarily to appeal to business travellers, has 10 airlines serving over 30 destinations across the UK and Europe.

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How can a 50% increase in flights only up the passengers from 3.3 million to 3.9 million? Surely what they are effectively saying is that they can expand to carry 6 million passengers if they have cleared the way for a 50% increase in flights?
 

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[textarea]Pilot error lead to London City Airport incident

A plane touched down too fast at London City Airport, which led to four of its tyres bursting, a report by safety inspectors has concluded. The Air France plane flying in from Paris, carrying 55 passengers and five crew, burst all four main landing gear tyres during a landing in February 2007.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report also found that the pilot had used an incorrect braking technique. Inspectors said the plane touched down at a speed which was higher than was ‘appropriate’ for the weight of the plane. The pilot also deployed emergency brakes mistakenly thinking that the plane's wheel braking systems had failed. The fast landing and use of emergency brakes, which were not fitted with an anti-skid system - caused the tyres to burst, but no-one on board was injured in the incident.

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[textarea]London City Airport boss says new Government will not support travel industry

The travel industry will not get the support from the new coalition Government that the Conservatives have given the industry in the past, and there will be no increase in airport capacity for years to come, Travelmole reports London City Airport chief executive Richard Gooding said at the Institute of Travel and Tourism conference in Benidorm yesterday.

Mr Gooding said the new era of politics would see severe public sector cuts, increased taxes and looming high unemployment. This will mean the cabinet will be far less likely to concern itself with helping the travel industry, with the exchequor 'rubbing its hands in anticipation of a 4% increase in tax revenues from the airlines over the next four to five years.'

He added that the proposals for a per plane levy to replace APD would be beneficial for the low cost and charter airlines who operate with higher load factors, but will hit traditional airlines with lower load factors hard. As for increasing airport capacity in the UK, Mr Gooding predicted nothing would happen to improve the situation and that in seven to ten years’ time, as space was squeezed on the UK’s runways, airlines would start to use European hubs more.

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I've said before that I'm not a party political animal and have made made my views known about politicians in general - I have little time for them.

The Conservatives made a number of comments in the pre-election run-up on liberal social policies that people wouldn't really associate with a Tory government - the hug a hoodie-type of thing that Cameron mentioned a few years back when he became Conservative leader.

I wondered how much it was all pre-election rhetoric that would quietly be jettisoned once in government, as governments of all political colours have done traditionally.

However, that all changed when the Tories had to get into bed with the Lib-Dems, uneasy bedfellows both, and found that they had little choice but to put their liberal and green pronouncements into practice.

That seems to include emasculating the aviation industry so that this country can proudly tell the world that we are doing our bit to save the planet even if other countries aren't. The fact that the likes of Germany and China will carry on expanding their airports whlst ours stagnate seems a price the Coalition is willing to pay.

I believe that Richard Gooding's warning should be heeded.
 

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The first Gulfstream Aerospace business jet model has finally been approved for operations into and out of London City Airport, LCY. The G150 mid-size aircraft has secured certification for the airports steep 5.5 degree glideslope, with the first trial landing early in May.
 

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London City has quite a large array of different aircraft using the airport these days.
 

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[textarea]Two awards for London City Airport

London City Airport collected two awards at the Docklands Business Club and East London Chamber of Commerce Awards. The airport picked up the award for Corporate Social Responsibility for its Take Off Into Work programme and also the Customer Focus Award.

London City was praised for its approach in supporting airlines and passengers over the last 12 months during the recession, new government regulations, weather and volcanic ash cloud problems.

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[textarea]London City Airport in world top 10

London City Airport is featured in a top 10 list for having one of the most scenic approaches in the world. The airport was one of only two UK hubs featured in the list of best airport approaches, coming seventh because of its ‘highly scenic approach over world-famous London landmarks.’

Private jet booking company PrivateFly, which compiled the list, said the approach to London City offers ‘amazing views’ of the 02 arena in Greenwich and the steep approach made for a ‘fairground ride-like buzz.’. The other UK entry in the top 10 was Barra Airport in the Outer Hebrides, where planes land on the beach. Sion Airport, in Switzerland, topped the list for having the most inspirational approach.

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[textarea]Thames cable car ‘too close to London City Airport’

A planned cable car across the River Thames may be unsafe because it is too close to London City Airport, Friends of the Earth has claimed. The environmental group has written to London Mayor Boris Johnson saying that it is concerned that the cars would travel through the ‘public safety zone’ around the airport. It raised the issue at several meetings but felt proper consideration had not been given to its worries, it said. Transport for London (TfL) said it taken all safety issues into account.

The cable car will link 2012 Olympic venues at Greenwich and the Royal Docks and will carry up to 2500 passengers an hour. It was designed to cut journey times between the O2 arena and the ExCel exhibition centre, both of which will host events at the games.

Friends of the Earth said it strongly supported the project and if new transport methods were needed, the scheme ‘was exactly the sort of initiative TfL should be considering’. The scheme's docking stations were not in the airport's safety zone, it said, but a TfL transport assessment ‘clearly shows the cable car passing through the passenger safety zone’. The group called for Mr Johnson to commission a ‘proper analysis of the safety issues’.

TfL said a planning application had ‘recently been recommended for approval by the three relevant planning authorities. This included an assessment against policies relating to public safety. In the run-up to our planning application submission, TfL undertook a number of consultations with the public and stakeholders, including London City Airport. The overwhelming response has been positive and in favour of this scheme. Feedback from these consultations was included in our final planning application submissions.’

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[textarea]Report says London City Airport worth £500m a year to economy

London City Airport is vital to the future growth of the capital, according to a report by business analysts for the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It found the Docklands airport was ‘at the heart’ of east London regeneration for the past 25 years and today it contributes around £500 million every year to the UK economy as it continues to support London’s financial services sector.

The report, carried out by York Aviation and surveying more than 40 businesses and community groups in east London, found the economic contribution of the airport to London was significant. Colin Stanbridge, chief executive of the LCCI, said: ‘With international links increasingly important, London City Airport remains integral to London’s economy, serving the needs of a global community that demands easy access to clients and colleagues.’

Richard Gooding, chief executive of City Airport, said the report addressed some of the ‘unbalanced’ debate with aviation opponents. He said: ‘Whilst we have to do everything we possibly can to mitigate environmental impacts, we run into the trap of ignoring the benefits. We’re the best connected city in the world – we’re not a world city, we’re the world city. The people who use London City are the engine rooms of London’s economy.’

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It's no wonder it's owners paid so much for the airport. The original plans for the airport were laughed at.
 

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[textarea]SSP win London City Airport contract

SSP, the global food and beverage company that operates leading brands from Burger King and Upper Crust to Caviar House & Prunier and Marks & Spencer at airports and rail stations, has secured a multi-million pound deal to operate five cafes and restaurants at London City Airport, commencing on 1st April 2011. Two new cafes will begin trading by the summer, and three existing outlets will be refurbished and enhanced during a programme scheduled to be completed by August of this year.

Passengers will be able to choose between high quality bespoke bar and restaurant offers, designed to meet the needs of the discerning airport traveller and the tastes of the unique mix of travellers at the award-winning business class airport. All staff currently employed at the existing bars and restaurants will be retained by SSP.

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