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REPORT Dave Rawlings

AIRPORT: LONDON CITY | LOCATION: EAST LONDON, UK | BUSINESS: JET CENTRE |

Location, location, location Boasting stunning views, this waterside location benefits from close proximity to local amenities and the City two and is only two miles from the Olympic site; who wouldn’t want to fly to London City Airport? WHEN it comes to premium positions for an airport you’d be hard pushed to find a more central location than London City Airport (LCY). With its own train station you can be in the West End in 20 minutes. If driving you can be in the business district in less than ten minutes and when 2012 arrives with the Olympics, the airport is only ten minutes from the stadium. So is London City Airport ready to serve all these markets? Well the short answer is: it seems so. The main terminal building is currently undergoing

a refurbishment. The apron has been extended and four more parking spaces added – with the potential to extend over King George V Dock, plus in the long term extending the terminal building. The Jet Centre, based at London City will also benefit. The Jet Centre is London City’s business jet side of the airport. Based at the east end of the airport it is a busy building and at its peak can see 70 movements in a day. It will benefit because as the airport grows, so will the space for the Jet Centre. Apart from it’s location LCY prides itself on

the speed at which you can get through the airport and onto your aircraft. Darren Grover is the Chief Operating Officer, but first joined LCY to set up and manage the Jet Centre. He now oversees the day-today running of the airport including terminal services, safety, aerodrome operations, engineering, projects, property, sales and Jet Centre and thinks speed is essential and one of the main reasons people use LC. “Every airport in the world is there to process passengers and turn around aircraft as quickly as possible. Our passengers love the fact

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