London City Airport has been named the best of its kind in the world as it picked up the Regional Airport of the Year award at the CAPA World Aviation Summit.
Organisers of the award said it was given to the regional airport that has been the most prominent strategically and that has done the most to ensure the aviation industry continues to advance.
The category was open to airports catering for up to 10 million passengers a year, and London City Airport was singled out as it has overcome intense competition, as well as political obstacles.
However, despite the challenges the airport was one of the fastest growing in the UK in 2015, recording a passenger growth rate three times the national average.
Declan Collier, CEO, London City Airport described the award as the “icing on the cake” after a “momentous year” foe the airport.
Earlier this year, the Government approved planning permission for a £344 million expansion programme that is set to transform the airport, creating greater capacity for the London airspace system – the number of take-offs and landings are set to hit 111,000 a year.
The new programme will mean the airport is in a position to welcome a new generation of aircraft, opening up new destinations for travellers, and accommodating 6.5 million passengers a year by 2025 – a 4.5 million rise on the figures posted this year.
Throughout the process of receiving planning permission, the airport has continued to see a period of sustained growth, despite its constrained infrastructure.
One of the most important reasons for the airport’s success has been their intent to deliver the best customer experience, which entails a passenger proposition of 20-minute check-in and 15-minute arrival.
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Date Created: 02/11/2016