James calls on London City Airport to reconsider plans

James Brokenshire has written to the Chief Executive of London City Airport calling for a reconsideration to the plans laid out in their Draft Master Plan to ensure minimum disruption for Bexley residents.

London City Airport’s Draft Master Plan sets out a framework of proposed changes to the airport’s operations and flights over the next 15 years. London City Airport ran a public consultation on their plan in Summer 2019 and are currently considering the feedback before publishing a consultation report and Final Master Plan shortly.

The main proposals James has asked to be reconsidered include the proposal of adjusting weekend flight restrictions and the proposal to increase the number of flights in the first half an hour of permitted developments. London City Airport’s current operational hours are 6.30am – 10.00pm on weekdays, 6.30am – 1.00pm on Saturdays, and 12.30pm – 10.30pm on Sundays.

Whilst London City Airport have provided assurance that they will maintain the 8-hour night time ban, James has expressed concern that the proposal to increase the number of flights in the first half hour will cause disruption to constituent’s sleep patterns. James has also raised concern about the adjustment of weekend flight restrictions as this is when the impact of flights over Bexley is most acute due to residents using their gardens at weekends which is regularly cited in constituents’ current complaints about aircraft noise.

James has previously made numerous representations with London City Airport, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Department for Transport about the routing of aircrafts over Bexley and the subsequent noise disruption this has caused to constituents.

Commenting, James said:

“I am aware of residents’ concerns over air traffic noise from flights arriving and departing from London City Airport and will continue to challenge London City Airport on their proposals in order to mitigate the disruption on Old Bexley and Sidcup constituents’ and to ensure that they are properly consulted on any future changes.”