A couple of stories about London City Airport, a neat east London gateway for a steadily rising number of business travellers, appeared at the outset of this week that give this editor the chance to get a little nostalgic. It's a trifle sad, I concede, to have a fondness for airports, but I admit that
The stories first. My esteemed colleagues across the open plan office that is the Flight Group headquarters got a tip off that
These flights are designed to prove the compatibility of the A318 for commercial flights at
This is a far cry from those heady days back in 1987 when the airport was opened. I was there reporting on the first commercial proving flight when London City was trapped in the east end of London, starved of any meaningful public transport and struggling for survival.
Four-engined Dash 7s, operated by carriers like Brymon Airways, were the main visitors, bringing the paltry few zealots who'd discovered that having a taxi pick-up or an obliging driver meant that the airport could be a dream for business travellers. It literally was a 10 minute, or even less, journey from terminal front to aircraft door.
So, it is even more interesting to read that this week has also brought news that the airport's owner, Irish investor Dermot Desmond, has appointed financial advisors Morgan Stanley to examine an unsolicited offer for the airport. Desmond bought
Since then the airport has grown substantially. It handled two million passengers last year, a rise of 20% over 2004. A rail link opened in December.
And with the Olympic Games coming to the
Just as long as it keeps those swift check-in and boarding times.