London City Airport (LCY) is London’s most centrally located airport but is almost exclusively used for business flights to Europe. City Airport’s big advantage is that it has a shorter check-in compared with most other airports and it is also the closest airport to the City, the Docklands and East London.
London City Airport mostly has short-haul flights to European business destinations such as Amsterdam, Berlin, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Geneva, Glasgow, Luxembourg, Milan, Paris, Rotterdam and Zurich although there are now some seasonal flights to leisure destinations such as Palma de Mallorca, Menorca, Mykonos and Santorini and British Airways have a business class-only flight to New York.
Most flights from London City are operated by British Airways, although the airport is also served by Alitalia, CityJet, Flybe, KLM, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Luxair, SkyWork Airlines, Swiss International, TAP Air Portugal and VLM.
It is London’s smallest, and the city’s fifth-busiest, airport.
Facilities at London City Airport
London City is a small airport with a single terminal although it has all the necessary facilities such as shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. Like all international airports in the United Kingdom, this airport has branches of Boots and WHSmith and there is also a duty-free shop and shops selling luggage and travel accessories.
Bars, cafes and restaurants at London City Airport include Brick Lane Brews, The City Bar & Grill, Caffè Nero, Doughnut Time, Illy, Pilots Bar & Kitchen and Pret a Manger.
There are business and first class lounges that anyone can access (provided they pay the entry fee) all with a selection of free food and drink and there is also a British Airways lounge that is used primarily for passengers on the British Airways flight to New York. However, this airport does not have any lounges that you have access to by showing a Diners Club card or Priority Pass membership.
Getting to and from London City Airport
The easiest way to get to London City Airport is by the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). DLR trains depart every eight to 15 minutes and the journey time to Bank station in the City is 21 minutes. The fare with contactless payment or an Oyster card is £3.30 during peak hours and £2.80 off-peak.