London City Airport boost for C-Series jet

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The formal approval for the London City Airport Development Programme (CADP) is good news for the Bombardier C-Series jet.

The CADP includes new aircraft stands at the airport to welcome ‘next generation’ aircraft such as the C-Series whose wings are manufactured in Belfast.

The Chief Executive of London City Airport, Declan Collier confirmed the programme had been approved in a letter to me. I had pressed the Transport Secretary in Westminster to ensure progress.

The importance of the C Series to Bombardier is well known and this programme will allow the jets to use London City Airport and should be a boost for production of the plane.

I was pleased to work closely with London City for some time to help progress the plan and am delighted that it has now been formally approved by the government.

I will continue to assist Bombardier in any way possible to ensure the success of the C Series, but this decision is also positive at a national level as it is a demonstration that the UK is open for business and ready to thrive.

Gavin Robinson, MP East Belfast