5 stars for an airport?
I have been to quite a few, all over the world, none have come close to getting this much love from me. Normally there are loads of dithering people, too many shops, slow queues through immigration, passport control numpties, baggage delays....but not at City, this my friends, is airport heaven.
Full of suited and booted people who know how to pack for a day and limit the time taken through customs. They have all their toiletries in single servings, they have small Tumi suitcases, they already have their belt off by the time their trays arrive in front of them before going through the metal detector - seasoned pros.
Queues are minimal, facilities are sparse, but just enough, because you don't need to hang around here because you got in too early in case there were queues - there aren't any.
I will make every effort to fly from City Airport when I can, and I miss it dearly when I can't. City, I salute you.
London City Airport, where have you been all my life? Oh, yeah, that's right, 30 minutes from my front door! Remind me again why I've been hauling myself to Heathrow and Gatwick the last 28 years?
City is the absolute King of London airports. 5 minutes on the DLR from Canning Town (Jubilee Line), this is London's most central fly-away. If you're looking for a quick ride into the city, it'll take you about 30 minutes to Baker St/Bond St or 20 minutes to The City (Bank, Liverpool St, etc).
As you come off the DLR it's one escalator to the check in desks. Check in and airport security took me about 10 minutes in total (medium level busy). My colleague and I settled down for a breakfast (which was fairly mediocre, but hey ho, it's an airport), hopped on our flight and were on our way.
No timewasters, an easy journey and mainly business travellers, makes this as absolute delight. I will endeavour to fly from City Airport when I can from now onwards.
I like this wee airport. It's small and easily negotiable and rarely has long queues. Security staff are excellent and don't even make you take your shoes off if you don't want to - basically you're treated like a person rather than just self loading freight.
The shops and departure area are changing all the time - today I noticed they have added another bar area and a Boots.
The gates need improved - not enough seats and frequently smell of fuel. But you're not in them for long as typically things are efficient and move smoothly.
And I find there are fewer delays to flights too. Plus, as it seems to be such a key airport for international business folk, it's fun to play spot the nationality while sitting in the departure lounge :-)
Third world ass airport. I've never had to put a tube of lipstick or my mini lotion in a baggie a day in my life. That little SOLID sphere of EOS lip balm will take down a plane apparently. So will that mini stick of deodorant because according to the TSA agent, it used to be a liquid even though now it's a solid. So I can't carry it on the plane if it doesn't fit in the ziplock. Also don't think about checking in your earbuds. He moved so fast he didn't even know what he was removing. I looked down and saw the most random stuff on that table for me to pick through. I had to correct him on what was and wasn't supposed to be on the table. Then when I went back to recheck in the items that the guy didn't allow I was given 1/3 of my items back as they were unnecessarily bagged. Things like my solid lipsticks and my damn deodorant. Like I thought. Went to a different person the second time and they let me through with most of those same items. I bet he did want me to "throw away" my makeup. So you can give my Nars & Urban Decay to your little female friend. Please!
4 stars for sheer convenience, it is the absolute only option for getting into London fast, the DLR train gets you away for less than 6 pounds.
The Airport itself is all flash and modern and comfortable and expensive.... everything is expensive.
..but that's the price for convenience.
In terms of airports this place is definitely one of the best to fly in and out of.
Nice shops, bars and restaurants available. Quick and streamlined security and waiting area. No 20 min walks to your gate here. So always plenty of time for a quick pint before going to your gate.
Views when taking off and landing are pretty cool as it's right in the centre of some key sites in London. There is also good onward transport options via the DLR
If your weighing up flight options and you have the chance to fly via London City you can't really go wrong.
This airport is very convenient to get to London city. Small but clean airport and most travelers are business people. It has almost everything you find at an airport including duty free shop.
Security check seems much tighter than even US airport.
Make sure to put all liquid in a clear bag. One bag per person.
My least favourite thing about travelling is airports. I used to think I wasn't keen on flying, but I've since come to realise it's airports that rile me up. I don't know what it is about them - the hanging around, the feeling of being stuck there once you're 'airside', they put me on edge.
Not so City Airport. I've flown from here a couple of times now, and it's a breeze. The airport is small but has everything you need. Check-in and security are pain free. Even when I was severely delayed on my last trip (5 hours!) due to fog, all the staff were helpful & polite (can't have been easy with all those angry passengers) and there was plenty of seating for me to keep comfortable while we waited for the fog to lift.
Ideally, all my flights would be from London City in the future!
About as barebones as an airport can be, but it leads directly into the DLR station, which is incredibly convenient.
My favorite airport for short hops to the continent.
One would find few children and families here - just grown ups and suits, offering a quieter traveling experience than, say, Heathrow.
That LCY is positioned farther east means higher susceptibility to fog and thus potential delays. Worth the risk nonetheless.
Hands down, the most breathtaking landing you'll ever experience on a commercial airliner.
This alone is worth the trip, except there are some other details which make this a great airport.
After disembarking, everything was super efficient- though I had to clear immigration, this went by fast, and I was able to book a livery service without having prior reservations.
I needed to make it to Heathrow on a very short window, and if it weren't for the efficiency of this tiny airport, it wouldn't have been possible.
Sure, it's a bit rough around the edges, but you can't beat it for location, convenience, and that landing!
My favourite Airport to fly in to, i always try to find a flight due to the easy access to the DLR.
Having now flown in/out of all the airports in London, London City is definitely the best. Quick departure from the plane, my bag (which I'd checked it) actually came out on the conveyor belt as I walked past, meaning I could just pick it up and go.
I didn't stay in the airport itself for long, I was more intent on getting into London and to my hotel. It was easy to find the train to get into London and the only slight hitch that nearly tripped me up was that the oyster card touch on points are at the bottom of the elevator, and quite easy to miss, so you could possibly forget to touch on and get fined.
The journey time from London City into London was quick - my flight landed at 5.30pm and I was at my hotel in Southwark by 6.00pm. Impressive. If I could, I would always choose to flight in/out of here.
As a frequent flyer accustomed to departures from JFK and LGA and transiting through ATL, this airport was a welcome shock. Right-sized is what comes to mind, leavened with respect for travelers which all too often is gone from the flying experience elsewhere.
Coming in via CityJet from Orly I found something never seen before - a complete lack of immigration queues and a passport control official who kept the few of us moving and had a sense of humour about it at 8AM. Bags were out in minutes and the choice of bus, DLR, black cab, and cheap private cars to Canary Wharf were all just outside the front door.
Departing from LCY was an even bigger treat. I'm never early enough for my flights, but that's somehow not at problem here. Priority security queues were unnecessary because the passenger volume is really low enough to not matter, and most of the travelers are experienced at knowing what goes where. I set off the machine, and the secondary screening was done quickly and with regard given to my recently-twisted knee to ensure I wasn't hurt or lost my balance while being checked.
I do look forward to coming back through here, and only wish more long-haul flights made this their landing choice instead of LHR.
Without a doubt, my favourite airport in Europe. It's virtually hassle free whether you're arriving or departing and everything is quick quick quick. I've never waited more than ten minutes to get through the immigration queue or to retrieve my checked luggage.
Recently remodeled, London City (LCY) now has even more pre-flight seating and dining options. On my last visit I sat in a comfortable chair and ate some Greek yogurt and honey before departure.
I never dread flying in or out of here and that's saying a lot. In fact, my only fault with LCY is that they don't fly transatlantic!
London City Airport is my dream come true. While most girls are busy fantasizing about white picket fences, Armani models, honkin' huge bling-tastic rings, and the perfect hand bag, I lay in bed at night and fantasize about quick, clean, easily accessible, efficient airports. Believe.
It's nothing fancy, don't get me wrong. It's a wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am experience that gets you through check-in and security and out to their relatively tiny number of gates in less than 10 minutes. It's not pretty, but hopefully it doesn't need to be - you won't be there long enough to require fancy bars and tourist traps. It's reminiscent of my Los Angeles days and the secret glory I felt flying in and out of John Wayne (SNA).
Just hop on the DLR at Bank and rest easy that you'll have a hassle free flying experience at London City Airport. Which is exactly how I feel about Heathrow and Gatwick and Luton and Stansted... or not.
This airport rocks my world, or at least makes it less rough around the edges... it doesn't hurt that I live nearby when in London, at least for now... I've literally left my house an hour before my flight is due to actually take off and still made it happily on board while receiving my luggage on the other side... the same goes for the reverse, you're off the plane and on the DLR, bags in hand, in no time whatsoever upon arriving into this airport. Essentially this airport is small, but efficient, and not hard to navigate on the worst of days.
Above said, I have yet to fly with BA from here... I've normally been on the CityJet routes to a few different cities, but the prospect of having to switch to BA for one of my standard routes is a bit worrying... at the moment there is an Air France flight (operated by CityJet, and flown by Loganair or some such chain of craziness) that leaves the exact same time as a BA flight at 20:50 on a Sunday evening... the Air France flight lets you check in and drop your bags off ridiculously late, which makes sense given how quickly you move through the airport, but the BA flight always appears to close earlier... more than once the BA flight has shown as "Gate Closing" while the Air France flight, scheduled for the exact same time and route, is still showing as "Check In Open"... the lesson, double check your allowed times kiddos... sadly my route with Air France is coming to an end, so I'll update my review if my experience with BA changes my perception of the airport itself. (Unlikely given that this appears to be a carrier restriction versus an actual airport restriction.)
Back to the airport, it has pretty much everything you would need in a small airport and is clean to boot... it's not necessarily the type of airport I would want to find myself in for hours on end, but no one really wants to spend hours on end in an airport, do they? For what it is, a quick way in and out of the city with excellent DLR links, it checks all of the required boxes.
First time there and always would go back! Tiny airport, but amazing efficiency and the staff is so nice and that at 7am in the morning! I am impressed, very good shopping and seating options also!
What I love about this airport is that it is only 15 mins from where I live! yay the joy! Fast check in, nobody to push you around and good looking business men walking around holding their brief case (yes I've said it!)
Great interior architecture, very spacious, visible signs so you don't get lost and very helpful staff!
The only disappointing thing is that NOT a single shop sells AIR TRAVEL SICKNESS TABLETS and believe you me, my flight from London to Sweden was not a good one.
London city must be the most convenient airport in London. London city is a smaller airport popular with fly in business travellers. The airport is relatively close to the city and more quickly reached than alternative airports. Security is very efficient and due to the steady stream of fast moving business travellers, and the wait is generally minimal. You can land and be in the taxi or on the train in a matter of minutes.
A small airport which has limited flights to mainland Europe and throughout the UK. Which is why I've never used it until now despite being close to my home.
I thought the mantra less is more really applies here as who needs a dozen starbucks when you have to walk miles. I was looking forward to my flight until it got cancelled. Southwest airlines tried their best offering a voucher and a coach was laid on to transport stranded passengers to Cornwall.... So I cannnot complete this review.
Annoying really as I've flown on hundreds of flights and I've broken my previous good record.
I took a flight to Geneva from LCY a few weeks ago, and I am a total fan.
Check-in was a breeze. Just find the check-in desk for your airline, drop your bag, hand your passport to the friendly person behind the desk, and you should be on you way in a minute or so.
The queue for security is a bit daunting, however. I arrived around 5 p.m. for a 6:30 p.m. flight, and the queue was pretty long, twisting back and forth through the ribbon partitions. Luckily, this is an airport full of mostly seasoned business travels. So despite the fact that the security queue seems to be hundreds of people deep, you should be able to get through in about 20 minutes at most. Security itself was a breeze. You will may notice that the security room smells like stinky feet, and I'm guessing it is because it's one of the only British airports I've been to so far that requires you to remove your shoes.
The waiting area seems a bit cramped, but it's still nicer than the average airport waiting lounge. But I suppose it has to be with all the business travelers passing through.
I found that coming back through London city was easier than it's been coming through Gatwick or Heathrow in the past. All the desks at immigration were staffed, and by the time I finished filling out my landing card, almost all the people holding EU passports had already made it through the queue.
If you're strategic in your search for airline tickets, you can find some good deals through LCY, which is a bonus if you live in Central London, and it's the only London airport that has my new favorite budget carrier--Baboo.
My new favourite airport in london. I flew CityJet (Air France) from Dublin. The plane parked---now get this----adjacent to the terminal entrance. Thats right, I exited the plane and had to walk less than 20 paces to be inside the baggage claim area. You can be at the taxi stand in oh about 3 additional minutes or if you're like me and have luggage, just add another 8-9 minutes to wait for your baggage! Seriously this was the fastest in and out of an airport I've had in some time.
Location-wise, this airport is way more convenient than any other greater London airport. It's in London proper, enabling one to (imagine this) take a somewhat reasonably priced taxi to East London or the City. No more Heathrow or Gatwick express followed by a tube transfer for me!
I wish more airlines in addition to CityJet (although they are very pleasant) flew to this airport from Ireland.
I've only departed from London City, but I have to say that I am impressed. It's very simple and very organized and very efficient. If you're flying through here, check out youtube.com/watch?v=hY5T….
Early in the morning, from the DLR through security and into the terminal and out to the plane, expect ten minutes if everything is aligning properly. Most of the passengers will be City bankers and the like, on their way to Geneva and Zurich and other major European capitals. Which isn't to say that there aren't also flights to Nice and Edinburgh too!
There is a Pret in the lobby and other coffee type things that make it easy to grab a quick bite for later consumption on the plane.
This airport is brilliant, or it is if you are flying short haul to a European destination. Unlike every other airport in possibly the world, you can check in for an international flight about 30 or 40 minutes before take-off. It is predominantly used for business flights, you can nearly always get an armchair to sit in, there are a couple of small bars and restaurants and a very limited number of shops... maybe three. It is well connected by DLR and a short cab ride from central London. I used to fly to Amsterdam every week for work and this place takes most of the hassle out of flying.
Additionally, I like the planes, the illogical scaredy cat in me likes the planes that fly out of London City, which seem to be predominantly Fokker F50s and BAE 146s. I am not a plane spotter but the F50 you just trust, maybe because it has propellors, maybe it just looks like the sort of thing that will survive anything and bring you home safely. The 146 I like because it is a small plane with a lot of engines. Four engines to me means that two or maybe even three could stop working and you wouldn't need to text your last will and testament to your nearest and dearest.
So... if you are flying out of London to another major European city, I can't recommend this airport enough.
When I went over to Germany for a friend's wedding, I decided to look for a flight back to London City Airport. Basically, for a change from Heathrow, but also because I was curious.
Depending on where you live or where you need to get to, London City Airport (LCY) is quick and easy to reach. For me, living in west London, it took about the same time to get home from LCY as it takes me from Heathrow, it was perhaps a little bit faster, but there was no big difference.
LCY is a small and cute airport. My plane was also not very big, and flights do not come in as frequently as at Heathrow or actually most other airports. This meant for me, that despite they are perhaps not as efficient as at bigger airports, I was out quickly. Personally, I think they were not less efficien than at Heathrow, but of course, London City Airport operates on an entirely different scale. If you are used to walking long distances at airports, London City Airport will irritate you. At least it irritated me a little bit, because I did barely notice how quickly I was out and at the DLR station towards Bank. The way from the plane to the DLR was probably shorter than the way at Heathrow from the plane to the border security. It's very convenient.
I have yet to find out how it is to depart from LCY, but in my opinion so far, the most impressive experience is the approach. I was lucky and my plane flew right across central London, around The Shard and then landed in the docklands just by the Thames Barrier. And because the plane flies much lower than when you land at Heathrow, you have greater, clearer and simply stunning views. I would book another flight arriving at LCY alone for the view.
If you are tired of the boring routine touching down at Heathrow or if you just want to get a new perspective on this beautiful city, London City Airport is a charming alternative that will reward you with astonishing views.
London City Airport really ranks as one of my favorite airports and it is all due to the fact that they have realized that they should make it easy for the travelers. Granted that it is easier for them as a small airport to do just that but they are still great at it. Security is almost always very quick, maximum a few minutes wait and finally an airport where one does not have to go through a huge duty free shop once exiting security.
They have a limited selection of shops and restaurants but since the airport is so efficient I seldom end up spending an extended periods of time here. There is however some stuff to eat, not the most exciting selection but there is a Pret a Manger, Cafe Nero some other cafes as well as two restaurants and a WH Smith and some duty free shops.
They also offer free wifi throughout the airport so that is a big plus. All in all my favorite London airport (the ranking now would be London City, Gatwick, Heathrow, Southend, Luton followed by Stanstead (never again)).
This was my first time at the City Airport, and what a delight.
Having experienced Heathrow and Frankfurt on the outward legs of the journey - and both were good examples of how big is not always better - coming to somewhere small is a revelation. We walked off the plane all of 30m to the 'gate' - or a door, in this case: and a short walk, no queues at passport control, to the smallest baggage reclaim I've ever seen (two belts) and then into the small but airy terminal. Although it is small, it has all the basic range of shops and services that you are likely to need.
Even better, the new Docklands Light Railway station has been built onto the terminal building, so it's only another 50m walk - all on the level, from the runway! Trains run at 5-10 minute intervals to Bank, making it very convenient for Canary Wharf. Passengers for the West End might want to change at Canning Town onto the Jubilee Line, which offers a rather faster service through to Waterloo, Westminster and Bond Street.
Seriously, everything about this place screams "ease". Especially if you are used to LHR or even LGW...you will be AMAZED at the difference. First, you can get here by public transport from city centre within 20-25 minutes or less, as opposed to 60 minutes for the Tube going to LHR (yes, there is the Heathrow Express too, but it's expensive). Taxi's are definitely quicker, and still a load cheaper than any other London airport. Security is usually quick, as is immigration, since the planes that come here are so much smaller. Staff seems to be friendlier, and the other passengers tend to be seasoned travelers so it is easier to deal with them. Finally, the views of London can be phenomenal when coming or going.
It's worth a bit of extra money to fly in/out of LCY if you can. I only wish I could more often...
Easy peasy lemon squeezy... And you'll feel like a human being. The security line is as bit as the departure lounge. Arrive an hour before the flight takes off? No problem.
Wee winky little planes and a thrilling take off whisks you to one of about 22 European destinations. If you can afford it.
Sometimes you just want to get home, sometimes you just want to get where you need to get to and sometimes you want to revel in the travelling experience. London City airport lets you carry out all of these imperatives without as many of the irritations that frequently blight air travel and airports.
The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) connects directly to the airport making it relatively easy and cheap to get in and out of. It's always a big plus not to finish your journey with a crippling taxi-fare.The airport mostly handles short-haul and domestic flights; catering to weekend breakers, the business crowd and a lot Scottish people. I hear this is the preferred transport for the breakfast TV goddess that is Lorraine Kelly who regularly shuttles between London and her home town of Dundee. This business market means that there are significantly fewer screaming kids; again a step in the right direction when I want to head back to my parents house. In addition, because it only deals with short-haul flights, there seem to be fewer delays because they can't lose their runway spot to the more lucrative long-haul flights.
The airport carries an impression of professionalism, efficiency and cleanliness that other airports sometime lack. However, like all airports, you will end up paying through the nose for if you stop for just a second. It was eye-wateringly close to a tenner for a glass of white wine and a beer and despite the icy chilled glasses, I couldn't help feeling a little ripped off.
A limited list of destinations means that this airport isn't for everyone and isn't for every journey however, if you can afford it and you would prefer a little more comfort and convenience for your short haul flight, then London city makes a welcome change from the pattern of sticky-carpeted, delay ridden nightmares that other airports boast.
I love City Airport - it is convenient to get to (DLR virtually into the station), it has the requisite coffee bars and because it is relatively small (compared to some of the other London airports), it is easy to navigate.
My only criticisms are the security gates - the queues are often very long and when you're vying with many other business travellers at 7am, it's a bit chaotic. To City's credit, they recently opened a second security gate area to try and take the pressure off... I'm not sure it has reduced the queueing times, but at least they are trying!
The other criticism is that the screens announcing gates and departures once you are inside the lounge are not placed in great positions - it's quite difficult to see them sometimes - perhaps it is because the lounge is smaller than other airports - it just feels crowded and difficult to manoeuvre yourself to be able to see the screen.
All in all though, this is one of my favourite airports to travel from - convenient and easy once you're there!
I recently discovered that you can get from Hamburg directly to London's City airport. A highly recommendable experience if you do not mind Propeller planes.
(I like them actually and their carbon footprint is considerably lower than that of jets). The flight time is 1 hour and 35 which is exactly the same as you will have with a jet to Heathrow circling over Nother London.
The airport is way too small and at the same time extremely convenient. It is therefore extremely busy for it's size. But as opposed to Heathrow where the limiting factor seems to be the handling of the masses of people, the only problem at City seems to be that there is only one small runway and no space.
It is actually the only airport I know of where your plane will be parked in backwards like you park your car.
The rest is one of the most delightful experiences you can have: You hop off the plane, take a 60 second bus ride to the terminal. I had to wait for 20 seconds for the passport control. Then you leave the building after maybe 45 more seconds. Very convenient for investment bankers.
The only five star airport for me.
I have flown into and out of LCY a few times. It is by far the most pleasent expereince of any of London's airports. Taking off here allows you to have some great views of Canary Wharf, the docklands, Greenwich and more. Cecking in is a delight as you can be airside in minutes. and you do not need to turn up two hours before like at Heathrow, Luton or Gatwick.
Transport on the DLR takes you to the door of the airport and there are buses connecting with the Jubilee line at canning town. This is fantastic time saver and means you can sit down and get a coffee in peace.
Propeller planes are the order of the day here, but not every location is served from this airport so do your research carefully before expecting to visit London City Airport
To add my two cents to the melee of opinions on London City Airport:
Absolutely no problems, fast, efficient and so much more stress free than any other London airport.
There's also an Eat in the main entrance and any reader of my reviews will know I'm a big fan of Eat.
An idea of how easy it was: flight was at 10.35, we arrived at 10.00, checked in using the machines, strolled through security and almost onto the plane without breaking stride.
Easy to get to from Canada water.
small, quick service.
THe waiting room is silent.
My favourite airport in London.
You can get a flight out to europe very cheap from here
So convenient, and so quick to check in. Hope it doens't become too overused!
London City (LCY) is one of the best airports I've ever flown from. As all the other reviews have identified:
1) It's well connected via the DLR to Canary Wharf and the City.
2) It's compact and small with very short queues through security and check-on
3) It appears 'safe', the security professionals are more through actually than at Heathrow.
4) Baggage reclaim is a ten minute thing on return, not a 45min thing at Heathrow.
Prices from City can be higher than other airports and there are limited destinations, however if you book early KLM or VLM often have good prices to Europe. Be warned, parking is pretty expensive so make use of that DLR :)
Also if you don't like flying be warned that the approach to LCY is one of the sharpest (most vertical) I've been on depending on plane and wind direction on the day. Amazing views, but stomach mashing :) Take-off is better and there are also great views, (I can see my house!)
What's not to love about City Airport? Compared to all other London airports, City is easy and painless. Through security to your gate in 5 minutes (although maybe allow 20 in the rush hour), and on the return journey you're out the airport and onto the DLR in no time at all.
Most airlines will let you check in up to 30/20 minutes before departure, so there's no need to spend ages loitering in the departures hall.
Unlike most other London airports, you don't have to negotiate a shopping mall to get to your gate, but there is a duty free shop, bookshop, WH Smith, Nero, restaurant and bar, if they take your fancy. There's plenty of comfy seats and free wifi, handy on the rare occasion that your flight is delayed.
A very handy airport if you live in east London, this minuscule place is not worth a visit unless you really need to travel budget.
There are no shops, one or two cafes (literally) and the entire airport fits inside a small air hangar.
Security is SLOW, too, as is checking in. They don't seem to have their act together. Mind you, last time I flew out of there was... 2 years ago. Hopefully matters have improved.
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