London City Airport releases unseen retro photos to mark the start of its 30th anniversary year

From start to finish construction by John Mowlem & Co plc took 18 months, including the airport’s apron, pictured from underneath, where aircraft would later park. Copyright: London City Airport.

From start to finish construction by John Mowlem & Co plc took 18 months, including the airport’s apron, pictured from underneath, where aircraft would later park. Copyright: London City Airport.

The recently completed London City Airport in 1987. Copyright: Vic Abbott.

The recently completed London City Airport in 1987. Copyright: Vic Abbott.

London City Airport has released several images dating back to the early 1980s to mark the start of its 30th anniversary year in 2017. The airport, located less than six miles from the City of London, was officially opened by HRH Queen Elizabeth ΙΙ on 5 November 1987.

London City Airport released unseen retro photos to mark the start of its 30th anniversary year

On 5 November 1987, HRH Queen Elizabeth II officially opened London City Airport. Copyright: London City Airport.

The photographs published are from the London City Airport archive and the personal collections of longstanding staff members, including Vic Abbott, a NATS air traffic engineer who has been at the airport since it opened and documented its early days.

The wider selection includes fascinating shots of Prince Charles laying the foundation stone in 1986, the opening by The Queen in 1987, and the completed airport during the late eighties and early nineties, as well as the former site in London’s Royal Docks, which was transformed during the mid-eighties to become the home of the international airport.

London City Airport released unseen retro photos to mark the start of its 30th anniversary year

On 29 May 1986, Prince Charles laid the foundation stone for London City Airport. Copyright: London City Airport.

Declan Collier, CEO of London City Airport, comments: “2017 is going to be a significant year for London City Airport, as we prepare to reach the tremendous 30th anniversary milestone in the autumn. Since the airport opened in 1987 it has undergone a remarkable evolution, continuing to attract primarily business travellers thanks to our close proximity to central London and a customer experience defined by speedy check-in and arrival times.

London City Airport released unseen retro photos to mark the start of its 30th anniversary year

Facing north, the completed passenger terminal positioned south of the runway in 1987. Copyright: London City Airport.

“Collectively over 30 years we’ve enabled nearly 53 million passengers journeys, remained the only London airport actually in London, and become the one of the largest employers in the London Borough of Newham. I look forward with anticipation to the next chapter, which includes a £344 million development, construction for which begins later this anniversary year.”

The original check-in area of the passenger terminal in 1987.

The original check-in area of the passenger terminal in 1987. Copyright: London City Airport.

London City Airport initially operated routes to Paris, Plymouth, Brussels and Amsterdam, welcoming 8,235 passengers in its first full month of operation. Today the airport serves nearly 50 destinations and in 2016 welcomed a record-breaking 4.5 million passengers over the course of the year.

The 30th anniversary year in 2017 will also see the start of the £344 million City Airport Development Programme, comprising seven new aircraft stands, a parallel taxiway and an extended passenger terminal, with completion expected by 2025.

A commemorative 30th anniversary book will be published later in the year.

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Today the airport serves nearly 50 destinations and in 2016 welcomed a record-breaking 4.5 million passengers over the course of the year. Copyright: Ben Walsh.

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