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London City airport seeks end to Saturday flight ban

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London City airport is seeking to overturn its Saturday flight ban and raise by 40% the limit on its passenger numbers.A local residents’ group has denounced the proposals to cut into the nearly 24-hour respite from aircraft noise from 1pm on Saturdays to 12.30pm on Sundays, granted when the airport was licensed.London City also wants to be allowed to operate more flights in the early morning and late evening, although it said only quieter new aircraft would be permitted in those slots.The airport hopes to increase its annual number of passengers from 3 million to 9million by 2031, but has a current cap of 6.5 million.

It said it would achieve the numbers with no additional flights or runways while retaining an eight-hour overnight curfew.It said the plans would create 2,100 additional jobs and contribute another £750m a year to London’s economy.However, the residents’ organisation Hacan East said the plans for Saturday flying would anger communities.Its chair, John Stewart, said: “Ever since London City opened, residents have had a break from the noise between midday Saturday and midday Sunday.

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