London City Airport

Compared to the “big four” international airports that call London home, London City Airport is fairly small.  Its users are for the most part leisure passengers and business passengers from London’s financial district and Docklands.

London City is a single-runway airport for use by “Short Take Off and Landing” (STOL) airliners.  The airport’s location is the only airport located within the boundaries of London proper, just 11 km east of London’s centre, on the old Docklands site. It sits just opposite London Regatta Centre and London City Airport was declared the fifth busiest of London’s airports in 2008, in terms of aircraft movements and numbers of passengers.  It was the UK’s 15th busiest overall.

London City’s licence gives it the right to host flights for public passenger transportation and for flight instruction.  However, the only aircraft allowed to operate there are multi-engine fixed-wing craft with special aircrew certification.

London City Airport is still fairly young, having been inaugurated in 1986 (as Prince Charles himself laid the foundation stone for the main terminal building in May 1986).  In October 2006, the airport was bought by a consortium consisting of Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) and AIG Financial Products. Then in 2008, GIP became the exclusive airport owners.

London City Airport saw some 3.2 million travellers move through its facilities in 2008.  This represented a hefty 12 percent increase over the 2007 total.

In February 2008, London City got a boost to its prestige level, as British Airways declared its intent to operate the airport’s first scheduled transatlantic flights from London City Airport.  The flight is to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, with an Airbus A318.  This aircraft has 32 seats and is an all-business flight (complete with beds).

Currently being finalised are plans for a significant expansion to be completed by 2015. This includes construction of an eastern apron extension, an extension of the terminal building, and construction of a new hangar which will allow for aircraft maintenance. There are also plans for a replacement fire station.

London City Airport Practical Information

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