City Airport is getting a fresssssssssh new look.
London City Airport recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, but things at the terminal are getting a tad cramped. Designed to handle one million passengers a year, it’s anticipated that five million people will fly from the Docklands terminal in 2019. So they’re making a few changes…
In fact, they’re spending £500m over the next three years on a total transformation, building a brand new terminal that’s four times the size of the current building.
The current building will also be getting a major upgrade and, along with the new terminal, should be set to handle up to 7 million journeys each year, with an extra 30,000 flights using the airport.
The new design will include ‘light features, art installations, graphic wall panels and large format digital screens’ to give everything the sleek, sorta-sci-fi look you’d expect from a big new transport project.
There’ll be twice as many shops and restaurants to browse, and 75% more places to sit down and continuously check you haven’t lost your passport.
A new ‘pier’ of gates will provide eight extra spots for planes to board passengers from, and from next year there’ll be flights direct to Munich, Budapest, Vilnius, Warsaw, Newcastle and Split.
Outside the airport, a new taxiway and digital control tower will handle the increase in flight traffic. The airport is currently served by British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Flybe, Aer Lingus and SWISS.
The concept images have been created by London studio ‘The Design Solution’, with design director Kevin Patience describing it as: ‘a fluid-lined interior design encouraging passenger flow has been inspired by the River Thames, which is right on the airport’s doorstep.’
The redevelopment project is planned for completion in 2022, although, we all know how that can go. Scroll on for a few more choice pics of the new scheme.