AIRPORT GUIDE: LONDON CITY AIRPORT
London City Airport is one of the smallest airports in the London metro area. Still, the airport is very important because it is so close to the City, which is important for businessmen. Thus, it has a lot of air traffic and high yields for the airlines.
There are heavy restrictions on flight times, numbers, and space at London City Airport, so you cannot compare it with any other airport in the area. For example, the biggest plane which regularly flies to London City Airport is the Airbus A318. The rest are all small regional jets. Most of the flights outbound are operated by British airport and its subsidies.
-The biggest airlines at London City Airport:
– British Airways: New York and several destinations in Europe
– FlyBe: a couple of domestic and international routes
Shopping and dining
Since it is a small airport, London City Airport is not exactly a paradise for shoppers. For the smaller things like a souvenir or a book, the airport offers enough to choose from. No boutiques, but the airport has a nice choice of coffee shops, bars and places to eat. At rather high prices of course, since it is an airport. Not to worry though, you will find something to eat before you board the plane at an affordable price.
An overnight stay at London City Airport is not a good idea. There is no seating before you pass security, so napping is out of the question. If you need an overnight stay in the vicinity of the airport, you’d better book a hotel room.
Ibis London City Airport and Travelodge London City Airport are closest to the terminal. You can walk to these hotels. You might also choose a hotel in the city itself since they are rather close when you use public transportation. Budget hotel near London City Airport is the Moxy Hotel.
London City Airport is important for business travelers, but there is no airport lounge. There’s only a sort of VIP Terminal where you can get heavily paid for special services. British Airways has a temporary buffet in the gate area for travelers on the trip London – New York.
You can reach London City Airport by taxi or Uber (a ride will cost you between 10 and 70 pounds) or by the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). The railway is a part of the London public transportation system and gives you quick rides and connections into the city. DLR trains run constantly and bring you directly to ‘Bank’ station, where you can switch to the Underground. The fare is rather reasonable since London City Airport is part of the city center fare zone.