London City Airport (LCY) has provided funding of £35,683 ($46,926) to 13 local groups from its £75,000 ($98,000) community fund.
Each organization received a grant of up to £3,000 (US$3,900) in line with the fund’s aims to create safer and healthier communities. The grants are expected to give a financial boost to local organizations working to support marginalized communities affected by the pandemic, covering employment and training for youth, women and refugees; well-being, physical and mental health; and food poverty and sustainability. Local groups cover seven east London boroughs: Newham, Hackney, Lewisham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Barking and Dagenham.
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One of the organizations that received a grant was the charity Breaking Barriers, which works with refugees in the east London boroughs, helping them get back to work through training and development. Food poverty organization Bags of Taste has also secured funding for its efforts to help people in Hackney buy and cook healthy meals on a budget.
Another recipient was the charity Teen Action in Hackney, which works to improve the lives of disadvantaged young women and help them realize their potential. Another winner was the charity Inspire Education Business Partnership (EBP), which will use the funds to run a specialist employability program for students with special educational needs and mental health (SEMH) at Belmont Park School in London .
These subsidies come during the airport’s fourth consecutive passenger week since the start of the pandemic, with passenger growth increasing by 40% since February 2022. In particular, the easing of travel restrictions for passengers arriving in the UK has led to an increase in business travel, which is now back to 2019 levels and accounts for 46% of passenger travel. Additionally, British Airways (BA) CityFlyer has resumed 20 of the 25 routes it operated in 2019. Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA Airways) will also begin flights from LCY to Milan Linate on March 28. In total, the airport expects it to reach 80% of 2019 destinations this summer.
Anne Doyere, Head of Aviation at LCY, said: “The UK government’s removal of all remaining travel restrictions, including the complicated passenger locator form and all testing requirements, is great news for our passengers and will make travel easier again. This will help businesses move, boosting consumer confidence in pre-Easter and summer travel, where LCY will connect to 36 destinations across Europe and the UK.