London City airport; a business airport that lacks HSR link
London City airport set its stall out right from the start as a business airport, but with the expansion of Heathrow Airport now agreed, that status may become threatened as large parts of the capital will be connected to Heathrow by high-speed (by British standards)rail.
In terms of traffic growth, LCY is doing well. From 2013 to 2016 passenger numbers increased steadily though they have plateaued in 2017 and 2018 year-to-date. Operations, as represented by the volume of seats available each hour, are still heavily skewed in favour of a ‘business timetable’. There is still room for growth, within the existing parameters.
This report makes a case for London City, which has just embarked on a GBP480 million pound expansion plan that will extend it out into what was once a dock, to have a rail station of its own, as it had until 2006.
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