LONDON CITY AIRPORT has reported a 16% passenger increase in 2004 to 1.7m. With the imposing Dockland Light Railway (DLR) link to Canning Town (for the Jubilee Line), Canary Wharf and The Bank on schedule to open in December 2005 (if not earlier) the airport says that throughput could double over the next four years (see left). Trains will run every ten minutes and every five minutes from 2009 when the DLR takes over the Canning Town to Stratford surface railway. LCY has also confirmed that once the London City DLR is complete work will start on an extension under the River Thames to Woolwich where it will connect with the North Kent lines. One or possibly two apron positions should be added by May, aircraft parking the constraint not the single runway which has recorded an impressive 30 movements an hour. 30% of traffic is now domestic and 42% of all British Airways passengers check-in pre-airport, pro rata a record UK figure. Presently LCY serves 23 destinations flown by 14 airlines. From 1 April KLM will offer a twice daily service to Rotterdam in direct competition with VLM, long established on the route with six daily rotations.