London City Airport traffic surges to record high

UK. London City Airport handled 150,002 passengers in March, a +20% jump compared to March 2003. The company said this sizable increase reflected the regeneration of Canary Wharf, London’s growing financial district and East London generally.

London City Airport managing director Richard Gooding said: “This March is the best month so far for 2004, it is also our best March on record, as well as being the fourth-best month recorded since the airport opened in 1987. Achieving increased passenger levels is excellent news both for the airport and the business travel industry in general.”

He added: “We remain confident about the growth of the business travel sector. By the end of April we will have added three new destinations in 2004 to Liverpool, Düsseldorf and Munich. As well as expanding our route network we have developed our support services by introducing an Executive Chauffeur Service.

“The future economic success of the new business community in East London depends on maintaining and developing convenient, efficient links to other leading commercial financial centres.

“London City is already a key element of the transport infrastructure supporting the surrounding regeneration, but our position will be strengthened next year with the opening of the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) extension… this puts us firmly on the transport map and we believe the ease of the journey can only result in increased travel between business communities in the UK and Europe.”

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