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Queen Elizabeth II opens London City Airport, to the East of London

Queen Elizabeth II opens London City Airport, to the East of London


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Queen Elizabeth II opens London City Airport, to the East of London

Queen Elizabeth II opens London City Airport, to the East of London.
Here the Queen talks to airport staff and officials, about the opening of
The London City Airport.
London City Airport is an international airport in London. It is located in the Royal Docks in the London Borough of Newham, approximately 11 km; (6.9 mi) East of the City of London. It has a single 1, 500-metre
runway
The airport was first proposed in 1981 by Reg Ward, who was Chief Executive of the newly formed London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC) that was responsible for the regeneration of the area.
Construction began on the site in 1983, with Charles, Prince of Wales laying the foundation stone of the terminal building, in May 1986. The first aircraft landed on 31 May 1987, with the first commercial services operating from 26 October 1987. Queen Elizabeth II officially opened London City Airport in November of the same year.
London City served over 4.3 million passengers in 2015
Picture taken 5th November 1987

Media ID 21773973

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Aerodrome Ceremony East London London Borough London Borough Of Newham London City Airport Newham Open Opening Queen Elizabeth Queen Elizabeth Ii Tarmac 1987


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In this photo print, Queen Elizabeth II can be seen graciously opening London City Airport, located to the east of London. Engaging in conversation with airport staff and officials, Her Majesty demonstrates her genuine interest in the momentous occasion of the airport's inauguration. London City Airport, an international hub nestled within the Royal Docks in Newham, stands as a symbol of progress and connectivity for the city. With its single 1, 500-meter runway serving as a gateway to various destinations worldwide, it has become an integral part of London's transportation infrastructure. The idea for this remarkable airport was first proposed by Reg Ward in 1981. As Chief Executive of the London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC), he played a pivotal role in revitalizing the area. Construction commenced on this ambitious project two years later under his guidance. On that auspicious day in May 1986 when Charles, Prince of Wales laid down the foundation stone for its terminal building, hopes were high for what would soon become an essential travel hub. Finally, on October 26th that year, commercial services began operating from London City Airport after its inaugural landing on May 31st. Queen Elizabeth II herself officially inaugurated this extraordinary facility just months later in November 1987. Since then, millions have passed through its gates each year—over 4. 3 million passengers alone were served by London City Airport during 2015. This evocative photograph taken by Julian Brown transports us back to that historic moment when Queen Elizabeth II bestowed her royal presence upon this iconic landmark—a testament to human ingenuity and progress.

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