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City Airport increases 'economic growth to capital'

The report said it was currently the 'perfect time' to close the airport. Credit: PA Wire

London City Airport provides the capital with investment and economic growth, the airport has said after a report suggested the airport should be closed.

The New Economics Foundation claimed the site should be redeveloped to build new homes and businesses in a report published today.

However, a spokesman told the Telegraph that the airport “provides a direct route to the capital's business, financial and political centres, facilitating inward investment and economic growth."

London City Airport 'should close', new report says

London City Airport should be closed to make way for new homes, businesses and public spaces, a new report has suggested.

A general view of London City Airport from the River Thames. Credit: PA Wire

The report by the New Economics Foundation says it is the "perfect time" to close the airport which "destroys more social, environmental and economic value than they create".

NEF claim closing the airport would free up a significant space to build a "new kind neighbourhood" with homes, businesses, green spaces and cultural venues.

Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick could all absorb the loss of City Airport, the report argues.

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Three injured as plane develops technical fault

Three people were injured after the Swiss International flight developed at technical fault on the runway at London City Airport. The flight was due to leave for Geneva at 3pm. It had 74 passengers and four crew on board.

Seventy four passengers and four crew were evacuated immediately and three people were treated at the scene for minor injuries by the London Ambulance Service.

– London City Airport

The runway has now reopened.

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London City Airport re-opens runway

London City Airport has now re-opened its runway after a temporary closure earlier this morning - but passengers are being warned that there could be further delays.

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Our runway is now open but some flights may experience disruptions due to last nights weather conditions.

Fog expected to clear from 11am

London City Airport has a list of Frequently Asked Questions about cancellations due to adverse weather conditions.

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Due to poor weather conditions this morning,flights are experiencing disruptions.Passengers should call their airlines http://t.co/DolBChVA

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@smcc443 Apologies. we are expecting the fog to clear from 1100. We will keep you informed on any latest info we receive.

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