London City Airport breaks the 100,000 barrier

London City Airport breaks the 100,000 barrier

London City Airport welcomed over 100,000 passengers to London’s Royal Docks last week, making it the busiest seven days in the history of the airport.

A total of 101,336 passengers either departed from, or arrived to, London City Airport, aboard 1,525 flights. For the first time in the 31 year history of the airport weekly passenger numbers exceeded 100,000, representing a 2% increase on the existing record, achieved in June 2016. Thursday 22nd March was also the airport’s busiest-ever single day, with 18,607 through the airport’s doors.

The record-breaking figures precede the annual Easter getaway, during which the airport expects around 55,000 passengers to travel over the course of the long weekend. Thursday 29th March will be the busiest day, when over 18,000 passengers are predicted to travel.

Strong performances by British Airways and Flybe is one of the reasons for the latest buoyant figures. An increasing mix of passengers are using the airport, as it seeks to attract both business and leisure travellers and shake off the image of London’s best kept secret.

In 2017 around 54% of the airport’s 4.5 million passengers travelled for business purposes and 46% for leisure, with the margin narrowing as new passengers discover the advantages of the London City Airport’s unique passenger proposition and excellent customer service.

This week the airport commences Porto flights, for the first time offering flights to the scenic and trendy Portuguese coastal city with TAP Air Portugal, and CityJet reinstates its Florence service.