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London versus City Airport expansion

Common rejects request to extend timetable and passengers welcomed

The London City Airport management company's proposal to change flight schedules to increase the number of passengers welcomed at the weekend has been opposed by the mayor of London. The management of the London airport asks to extend operations until 6:30pm on Saturday, while the municipality establishes that arrivals and departures are not allowed between 12:30 on Saturday and 12:30 on Sunday.

The airport company's initiative aims to increase the number of passengers from 6.5 million to 9 million per year and to welcome up to 12 new arrivals at the weekend between 6.30pm and 7pm: 30 in the summer period (previously asked until 10pm). The current proposal, however, is careful not to increase the limit to 111,000 annual flights. However, more than 500 stakeholders say no.

The proposal was reviewed by the Greater London Authority (GLA), which called it "the most substantial change to the airport's operations since it first opened 35 years ago". According to the council, the program would increase emissions of harmful gases (No2, Pm10 and Pm2.5) and reduce "air quality benefits" throughout the city, particularly within the London Borough of Newham.

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