London City Airport shares unseen retro photos to mark the start of their 30th anniversary. The photos captured since 1987 share a different view of the last 30 years that create what London City Airport is today.
The photographs published today are from the London City Airport archive and the personal collections of longstanding staff members, including Vic Abbott, a NATS air traffic controller who has been at the airport since it opened and documented its early days.
Declan Collier, CEO of London City Airport, said: “2017 is going to be a significant year for London City Airport, as we prepare to reach the tremendous 30th anniversary milestone in the autumn. Since the airport opened in 1987 it has undergone a remarkable evolution, continuing to attract primarily business travellers thanks to our close proximity to central London and a customer experience defined by speedy check-in and arrival times.
“Collectively over 30 years we’ve enabled nearly 53 million passenger journeys, remained the only London airport actually in London, and become one of the largest employers in the London Borough of Newham. I look forward with anticipation to the next chapter, which includes a £344 million development, construction for which begins later this anniversary year.”
The 30th anniversary year in 2017 will also see the start of the £344 million City Airport Development Programme, comprising 7 new aircraft stands, a parallel taxiway and an extended passenger terminal, with completion expected by 2025.