Christmas being on the horizon here is one way of solving the problem for the aircraft enthusiast in your family. A book of detailed coverage including pictures and plans of the last 30 years of aviation at London City Airport.
Written by Malcolm Ginsberg the book is called London City Airport-Thirty Years Serving the Capital, it contains comprehensive facts, stories and dozens of photographs illustrating all the key events over that period of an airport built on and operated from former docks in East London. The Queen opened it in 1987.
In its early days the airport handled around 130,000 passengers during its first operational year and now currently it’s around 4.7million. And with a new expansion of the terminal buildings and taxiways underway then 5 million seems to be soon very achievable.
Malcolm who publishes a weekly travel news round-up website called Business Travel News has a very broad knowledge of the airline and airport’s industry but has built up a special interest in this unique city centre airport operation.
However, it all really goes back to 27 June 1982 when Brymon Airways, Captain Harry Gee landed a Dash 7 aircraft on Heron Quays, at West India Docks in order to demonstrate the feasibility of a full-size passenger aircraft flying in and out of a densely populated area of East London. Following a feasibility study and a local opinion poll work started on London City Airport.
Then in 1988 British Aerospace demonstrated that their four-engined BAe 146 ‘Whisper jet’ could land and take off with ease from the docklands airstrip.
Into the new millennium and in 2009 British Airways opened a non-stop service from New York JFK with a specially adapted Airbus A318. Although headwinds when flying from London City in the other direction did mean that a refuelling stop in Shannon was required. This in effect then put the airport onto an international world travel map.
Looking forward the Bombardier C Series can make JFK a non-stop route both ways!
Owned by a consortium of international companies and pension funds which includes two Canadian, a British one and also one from Kuwait. A £400 million redevelopment plan is currently underway and this includes a parallel taxiway, seven new aircraft stands and an extended passenger terminal.
Malcolm uncovers many stories about the airport from its history with the docks themselves going back to Victorian times right up to its 21st century development and it more or less being part of the Canary Wharf financial and banking area from where it surely draws many of its passengers.
Certainly for £25 a great gift idea for any regular traveller or aviation enthusiast in your family circle.