As a gateway to the UK’s capital, London City has made a strong start to the year. In January, 217,000 passengers used the airport, increasing to 225,000 in February. The three busiest routes from the airport remain Amsterdam, Edinburgh and Zurich with 83% of all flights departing from the airport on schedule.
Now it is on track to become the first ‘mainstream’ airport in the UK to scrap the 100ml liquid rule for hand baggage ahead of the Easter holidays. New 3D scanners deployed at the airport will enable passengers to pass through security without decanting their liquids into small plastic bags.
In preparation for the enhanced security screening process, the airport already has two new generation CT security scanning lanes in operation. From mid-March, a third will be added and the last old generation machine taken out of service. The final new generation lane will be added at the end of March, meaning anyone flying through London City in the run up to Easter will be able to keep laptops and liquids up to 2 litres inside their bag.
“London City is continuing to move in the right direction,” said Robert Sinclair, the airport’s CEO. “The start of the year has been in line with expectations, but we will see a step change from the Easter period onwards and we will be geared up to serve close to 2019 levels of passengers in periods through the summer.
“The good news for anyone planning a holiday or a business trip is that we will offer a fully CT security experience from the end of this month. The new lanes will not only cut hassle, but also cut queuing times, which I know passengers will love.”