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London City Airport, England

London City Airport (IATA: LCY) is located about 10 km (6 miles) from Central London. Compared to the other five airports serving London, it’s the closest to Central London and a short distance from the Canary Wharf financial district. It’s a small airport and handled 4.5 million passengers in 2017, which makes it the fifth busiest airport serving the London area. London City Airport comprises of a single runway and a two-storey passenger terminal building. There are no jet bridges at the airport and therefore passengers have to walk up to board or walk down to disembark from the plane. Ground transport from the airport includes trains, coaches, taxis, minicabs and car rentals.

 
 

Airlines & Flights

London City Airport serves domestic flights and international flights are mainly short-haul flights on the European routes. However, British Airways operates long-haul flights from London City Airport to JFK Airport in New York City, stopping at Shannon Airport in Ireland for refuelling. The main airlines operating at the airport are British Airways followed by Flybe and CityJet. Others include Alitalia, Aurigny, KLM, Lufthansa CityLine, Luxair, SkyWork Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines.

Aerial view of London City Airport by Frans Zwart

London City Airport handles flights to over 30 domestic and international destinations. Major connections on the European routes include Amsterdam, Dublin, Florence, Frankfurt, Geneva, Luxembourg, Milan, Paris, Rotterdam and Zurich. There are also flights to popular holiday destinations in Spain including Ibiza and Malaga. Connections on domestic flights include Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey.

Airport Facilities

Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the airport terminal for all passengers - users have to register at the airport’s website. Travelex operates a foreign currency exchange desk with over 45 currencies for exchange including the euro, US dollar and Swiss franc. There is a left luggage service (£10 per item for up to 24 hours) located behind the check-in desks. There’s no post office at the airport but there is a post box located at the front entrance for your letters and postcards.

Passenger terminal at London City Airport by Africaspotter

The airport has a decent range of food outlets in the departure area before and after security but more outlets after security. Speedily served hot and cold foods like pastries, muffins, pies, sandwiches, burgers, salads and snacks are usually on the menu. WHSmith has two retail outlets including one before and another after security. Here you can purchase magazines, newspapers, stamps, confectionery, sandwiches, snacks and drinks.

Ground Transport

The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) departs every 15 minutes from London City Airport to Stratford International Station and another line to Bank Station, with intermediate stops along the journeys. Bus 473 departs from the airport to Stratford International and bus 474 to Canning Town and Manor Park. London’s black taxis are available outside the terminal building or you can hire a mini cab by calling or booking online. Car rental companies here include Avis, Budget, Europcar and Hertz.

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