London City Airport CEO Robert Sinclair. Credit Robert Sinclair
The Canary Wharf hub saw over 100,000 people pass through its doors last week and is now gearing up for the bumper Easter period.
Figures published by London City Airport reveal that last week (Monday 19 March to Sunday 25 March) was the busiest week ever in the history of the airport, eclipsing the 100,000 passenger mark for the first time.
Over the seven days, 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 years of the airport – weekly passenger numbers exceeded 100,000, representing a 2% increase on the existing record, achieved in June 2016.
Thursday 22 March was also the airport’s busiest-ever single day, with 18,607 passengers 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 29 March will be the busiest day, when over 18,000 passengers are predicted to travel.
Robert Sinclair, CEO of London City Airport, said: “This record-breaking week and expected Easter rush reflects a much bigger trend for London City Airport, as we develop a growing portfolio of leisure routes and attract new passengers, while at the same time maintaining the industry-leading punctuality, ease of use, convenience, customer service and speed that our returning passengers know and love.
“This passenger milestone comes less than a week after London City Airport was named the best airport of its size in the world in the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2018.
"It is also a further reminder of just how important the airport’s £480m transformation programme is, to meet increasing aviation demand in London, and create a world-class gateway that serves the whole of the city.”
As the year progresses, the airport is expecting continued passenger growth with current forecasts heading in excess of existing annual records.
The top five routes during the record-breaking week of Monday 19 March – Sunday 25 March were:
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