Milligan has been appointed to advise London City airport on a revamp in time for the Olympics in 2012.

John Milligan’s retail and airport adviser and developer Milligan has been appointed by the owner of London City airport, an American International Group-led consortium, to conduct a strategic review.

Milligan, which is already working with Peel Holdings on Manchester airport, will spend the next few months working on plans to improve the services and make the airport more customer friendly in time for the 2012 Olympics.

London City airport, which was bought by a consortium comprising American International Group and Global Infrastructure Partners – the infrastructure joint venture between Credit Suisse and GE Infrastructure – a year ago, has more than 3 million visits a year and plans to increase this to 8 million by 2030.

The traditional shops at other airports are unlikely to work in London City airport’s environment, and Milligan will work on looking at appropriate retail and services.

The consortium owners drew up a masterplan earlier this year and outlined it will grow ‘by maximising the use of the existing runway, improving flight occupancy and creating better facilities for passengers’.

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