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Happy 30th Birthday London City Airport!

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This year London City Airport turns 30.

London City Airport has seen a lot of growth over the last three decades with a huge increase in routes and passengers. In 1987 15,000 passengers travelled to just four destinations – Paris, Plymouth (!), Brussels and Amsterdam.

In 2006 there were nearly 50 routes and 4.5 million passengers.  Going forward, a £344 million expansion will begin construction later this year.

To mark the anniversary London City Airport has released a number of pictures from their archives, including some from the personal collections of long-time employees.  Here are a few gems from the collection:

Captain Harry Ghee of Brymon Airways with a map of the area in the 1980s:

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Here is how the Royal Docks looked in 1981.

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London City Airport today.

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Prince Charles laying (more accurately, looking at) the foundation stone in 1986

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The Queen at the opening in 1987 – gosh isn’t she sweet?!

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Evening Standard cartoon from 1987:

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Canada Square in 1992

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Present day (credit: Ben Walsh)

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And after the new expansion plan is completed:

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If you want to read more about City Airport today you can find my review – with a video – of the First Class Lounge in the Private Jet Centre here and my flight review with CityJet to Amsterdam here.

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Comments (21)

  • Metatone says:

    Cityjet is stopping some services in March, inc. Paris.
    Anyone know if BA or others will start?