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Above and Beyond

Our Roadmap to aSustainable Future

  • Investment
  • Innovation
  • Responsibility

Welcome toLondon City Airport

Our mission is to fulfil the demands of an ever more connected world, while also improving our surrounding environment, community, and economy. We believe we can become a net zero emission airport by 2030.

Given our size, our location and the nature of our route network and operation, we are ideally placed to help shape the next phase of aviation innovation in London and the UK.

Three key priorities at the heart of our ambition:

  • Decarbonisingour airport
  • Improvingour environment
  • Helping East Londongrow and prosper
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Five core commitments to ensure we deliver our ambition

Support local people and the local community.

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Becoming a net zero carbon airport by 2030.

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Be one of the first airports in the UK to facilitate zero emission flight.

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Eliminate all avoidable single-use plastics by 2025.

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Be the best-connected airport by sustainable transport in the UK.

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Our Progress

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London City Airport

ACA 4+

LCY was awarded the highest-Level 4+ Carbon Accreditation Certification in the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. This goes beyond the Level 3+ (carbon neutrality) award obtained in December 2019 by demonstrating LCY’s transition pathway towards net zero carbon by 2030, and recognising the work ongoing with third parties at the airport to reduce scope 3 emissions. LCY is one of two UK airports to obtain Level 4+ and one of 26 globally, placing it at the vanguard of positive climate adaptation in the aviation sector.

9 December 2022

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E195-E2 makes debut touchdown at London City Airport

After departing the Farnborough Air Show, Embraer’s latest aircraft, the E195-E2, made its debut landing at London’s iconic City Airport (LCY); demonstrating the aircraft’s steep approach capability. The visit, in anticipation of the aircraft’s certification for steep approach into London City at the end of this year, included ground handling tests and other preparations for the aircraft’s first scheduled flight into LCY, expected shortly after certification.

29 September 2022

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Mayor's Good Work Standard

London City Airport was accredited the Mayor's Good Work Standard in July 2019 and a London Living wage employer in the same year, becoming the first UK airport to achieve both milestones. The Mayor's Good Work Standard is an initiative to recognise businesses which have exemplary work practices, including fair pay and conditions, wellbeing, skills and progression.

13 May 2022

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Community Fund

The Community Fund launched in May 2019 and has awarded grants of over £270,000 to 100 local charities and not-for-profit organisations across East London. It has supported organisations as diverse as local Foodbanks, refugee support to healthy eating and employability support.

13 May 2022

Aeroplane on runway at London City Airport

New Generation Aircraft

In June 2021 the Embraer E190-E2 was certified for operation from London City. The E-2 has the lowest noise levels of all new-generation single aisle aircraft, and offers a 17% lower carbon emissions than the previous generation it replaces. It began operations in September 2021.

13 May 2022

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London Living Wage

London City Airport is a London Living Wage Employer from 2019. The airport already provided all of its directly employed staff in excess of the London Living Wage and since then, around 100 additional staff from direct contractors have also been receiving a fair and decent wage to reflect London living costs.

13 May 2022

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Women in Aviation

The ‘Women in Aviation’ programme is part of LCY wider agenda to create a better gender balance across the business by showing how the sector offers an attractive career path for local young women, including those from BAME communities. To date the programme has enabled 600 young women to get an insight into the aviation industry and spark an interest in aviation roes!

13 May 2022

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STEM in Aviation

LCY flagship programme, STEM in Aviation event was launched in 2016 with the aim to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths careers and inspire the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs from the local area. With the support of our aviation industry volunteers, the even has reached over 1,100 students and 73 schools in East London since launching.

13 May 2022

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Electric mobile ground power units

In 2021, all diesel units required by aircraft to power its essential equipment were replaced with electric mobile ground power units. These are battery units that are recharged using LCY’s renewable electricity supply which not only eliminates the carbon and air quality impacts associated with diesel units but also significantly reduces the noise emitted.

12 May 2022

Green car charging at electric charging station

EV Chargers

Seven new Electric Vehicle charging points were installed at LCY for use by passengers, staff and taxis to facilitate and promote sustainable travel options to and from the airport.

10 May 2022

LCY re-usable bags for toiletries

Reducing single-use plastic

To reduce single-use plastic, LCY launched an innovation challenge and the winning design was trialled in 2021. New security bags are free from conventional plastics and made with biobased materials; a built-in circular solution for its end-of-use to be used while new CT scanners be installed which will completely remove the need for plastics security bags.

29 April 2022


Renewable energy sources

Since 2020, 100% of imported electricity used at LCY comes from certified renewable sources.

29 April 2022

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On-site renewable energy

On-site renewable energy started being generated at LCY in 2021 with the installation of solar panel units confirming the airport's efforts and commitments to reach net zero carbon emissions.

29 April 2022

Want tolearn more?

Our full report outlines key actions and achievements that have already been delivered and that have helped shape our Roadmap for what comes next. We have set out our core aims and described how we plan to deliver our targets over the next 10 years.

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