Red Bull has applied to Newham Council, home to the London City Airport, to build on an existing runway at the Royals Business Park for its Red Bull Air Race World Championship.
According to the planning application, the drinks giant wants equip with existing runway with temporary helipads, aircraft hangers, a taxiway and control tower on the north side of Royal Albert Dock for its air shows, which take place along the River Thames.
“The planning application submitted by Red Bull UK ensures that should we be successful in bringing the Red Bull Air Race back to London in the next five years, the land on which to run the event, including the original runway which was built in 2007, would be available,” says UK Red Bull spokesperson, Nina Caplin. “The application does not involve any new building works nor does it cover the use of the runway for any other aviation events. All infrastructure associated with the running of the Red Bull Air Race is temporary, including the control tower and the aircraft hangars..”
London hosted the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in 2008 and it has since been held in Barcelona, Porto, Windsor Ontario, Abu Dhabi, Budapest and San Diego.
Fight the Flights, a campaign group against the expansion of London City Airport, has called for the council to reject the scheme that covers the air events until 2015. “Have the people of East London not suffered enough? MPs and local authorities from right across East London are receiving more complaints than ever before about the noise from the jets using City Airport,” says Fight the Flights chair, Anne-Marie Griffin.
“We really just don’t believe Red Bull is proposing to spend all this money just to use it for the occasional event. We fear they will come back time and again for permission to increase its use, just as owners of City Airport have done over the years,” she adds.