London City Airport (LCY), UK, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the announcement of a £15 million (US$24m) investment programme. Plans include the refurbishment of the Western Pier with new departure gates and improved lounge facilities; redevelopment of the international arrivals hall; and enhancements to baggage handling zones. Work is due to begin in early 2013.
In its 25th year, LCY has welcomed its one millionth flight and 36 millionth passenger and hosted a visit from The Queen, who officially opened the airport on November 5, 1987.
Originally, four airlines offered flights to three destinations: Brussels, Paris and Plymouth. Now LCY has ten airlines and 42 destinations across Europe, as well as a twice-daily New York service.
However, the airport is facing protests from the local ‘Fight the Flights’ campaign which claims that the upcoming expansion goes against first LCY regulations traffic in 1987, which stated that only turbo-prop aircraft were to fly from the airport, with a limit of 30,000 per year.