City airport cleared for take-off by new mayor
Newly elected London mayor Sadiq Khan reversed opposition to the proposals for expanding London City airport and creating more long-haul flights.
An extended terminal, larger taxiing lane and extra aircraft stands form the basis of the plans that would allow bigger jets to land at the hub.
According to airport chiefs, new routes could operate to the Middle East, India, Russia, West Africa and the US, which would raise flight numbers from 80,000 to 110,000.
The U-turn decision on Boris Johnson's opposition will now be taken by the Department for Transport and the Department for Communities and Local Government with Whitehall sources having said the government was minded to approve the plans.
A spokesman for Khan said: 'The mayor supports the case for improved noise mitigation measures that will be considered by the secretary of state when he decides on the planning appeal.'
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