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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
It might seem a bit odd writing a reveiw of an airport, but just like the last person I have to say it is SOOO much easier tofly from here that from the big airports. Having recently got stuck in Heathrow for hours at the baggage claim - because our plane had landed (literally) miles away I sat thinking just how convenient City airport is.
Because it is so small you get through security and baggage claim in a fifth of the time it takes at Gatwick or Heathrow - Stanstead even. And if you get to Canary wharf on the jubilee line (just 10 mins from Waterloo, 20 mins from Bond street) and take a cab for 10 mins, you are there - and if there are two of you or more for far less than the price of a Heathrow express ticket.
I heard that they have added some extra restaurants - that was the only thing lacking really (well that and a few shops).
I've surprised myself by awarding City Airport five starts, but really, compared to London's other airports, it's a dream.
As a Wapping local, this airport is only about 15 minutes from my front door and eminently reachable by either cab or the DLR.
For a small airport, the facilities are great. I've never experienced a delay of any kind getting through security the security staff at Heathrow could learn a thing or two from their colleagues at City re. politeness and efficiency.
However, City's growing popularity could be its undoing. The departures area is really too small and crowded at peak times. There are some extensions being put in place and the new bar/restaurant area is a great improvement.
21st century travel is far from pleasurablebut if you have to fly in/out of London, choose London City Airport.
I had a very pleasant experience travelling through this airport
The staff were extremely helpful and friendly and the service was very quick and efficient... even with the bomb threat alert that went off just as I went through the metal detector!
Well worth consideration as your travel hub!
Among the London airports surely the best one:
Quickly accessible via metro, very small and cosy and flights tend to be more reliable than in Heathrow.
Easily London's most convenient airport.
LCY can be reached by Docklands Light Railway direct from the City. The airport is tiny and distances from check-in to boarding to the plane are very short. Often it is enough to turn up 45 minutes prior to take-off. Security are very friendly, the waiting hall is a bit worn, but since you don't wait for long that doesn't matter. Connections are all over Europe on small aircraft and the experience of landing there from a westerly direction is stunning.
I can really recommend LCY for short hops to and from London.
The most convenient airport in London, really close to everything and not too busy. The downside is that it is really expensive to fly there and only a few airlines actually go there.
Busses go there regularly from Liverpool St. Station
Simple, the best airport in london for lack of queue & fuss. It's easy to get to and you don't have to be at the airport hours before the flight. It's minimal (in terms of facilities) and if you are looking for any airport lounge you'd be better off sticking to heathrow/gatwick.
I've only flown in/out of here a few times. But, I have to say those experiences were so much more hassle-free than dealing with any other London airport. And it's so frickin' easy to get to. It's the ideal airport for me.
What a fantastic airport. Small, shiny shops, on-site parking, self check in machines that are truly techno wizardwhat's not to like? It was a shame that it took us around an hour and a half to drive through London and we were so late that we didn't have time to look around properly or check out any of the cafes or shops. Next time, we will be using an atlas and not AA Routefinder.
If you have an early morning flight, you can't do anything before 5:30 a.m. so don't bother showing up before then (I learned that the hard way, showing up at 4:30 for my 6:30 flight and being told the airport was closed). Food options are decent with Pret at check-in, and Cafe Nero & a bar at the gates. Annoying that there are no boarding announcements though, so be sure to watch the screens!
For London standard the City Airport is extremely small, quiet, easy to get to and from as well as efficient. It actually feels more like a train station. I never experienced any delays, which is rather unusual, isn't it? The DLR is generally reliable now (which it wasn't always, thinking of its beginnings years ago!), if it's not on time there are busses and taxis available. There are a few shops and cafés to hang out and spend the odd pound. I liked the pub style bar area, where I tasted a red berry cider this time, yummy. Make sure to check the screens regularly as there are no announcements! My first time around I nearly missed my flight because of that, however, thanks to the short distances within in the airport my hectic sprint to the gate was successful;) Wifi seems to be available and free, but it never worked for any of my phones or laptops
Not as bas as other members on qype are making it out to be At the end of the day most airports are the same how good your experience is all down to luck. Some times you might get stopped for a random check or maybe your bag will get lost but its the same every where and as for the staff being rude. well its also down to luck maybe they were just extremely busy on the particular occasion you guys visited but for me i had no problems with the city airport and i prefer it to other aiports such as luton due to its facilities and easy access to london.
A basic, pared back airport - no room for much more on this site. Reasonable range of regional destinations, check in and security generally somewhat quicker than at other UK airports. On the minus side, it is a long schlep from major rail terminals and central London ( although convenient for East London and Canary Wharf).
The advantage to this airport is its size makes it easy to get through the check in gates (which are automated) and its clean and neat with plenty of shops and cafes after security. But I drop a star because the security system is painfully slow and seems very disorganised,plus there is no business lounges other than swiss air give you a £4 voucher for snacks or newspapers which barely covers a cup of coffee.
One of my favourite airports, due to it's size it's very clean, very quiet and very fast compared to other London airports.
You can access it by bus such as the 474 and 473 buses which come from nearby Manor Park and Stratford respectively or you can take the Dockland Light Railway, this is a fast and efficient way of getting to the airport as it's simply a case of getting off the train, going down a flight of escalators (or take the lift) and you're in the airport, it's less than 100m.
There aren't too many destinations at the airport and sometimes prices can be a little higher, but for the convenience and quickness, it's a price worth paying.
London City Airport is rather fabulous, but for sheer architectural style you cant beat Copenhagen Airport...it has to be the most fabulous in Europe (the fact that I'm half Dansk hasn't influenced me in the slightest)
saves a lot of time travelling into london!!!
easy to get to the city!
Surprisingly convenient - seems like MILES out of town cos it's on the DLR, but it's only a couple of stops away from Canning Town. Really tiny airport (kind of like Belfast City Airport for anyone that knows it) so not a lot on offer shopping or food-wise. But it'll get you where you need to go (Rome in my case!).
Ah bliss. A confy armchair, a 30 minute check-in, no queues and a decent (if pricey) cup of coffee. As a seasoned traveller, I love London City Airport for short hops to other European cities. Now that the Docklands Light Railway goes there, it's even easier to use. Flight prices may be higher than Stansted or Luton, but the comfort and lack of stress is worth it.
My favourite of all airports as it is so conveniently placed to get to and from the City. Add to that a fast, efficient check-in and bag drop area, nice security and pleasant waiting areas and you have a taste of air travel befoore everybody started doing it. The flights from here tend to be a little more expensive but if you can afford it, the difference is well worth paying for. Only downside is that a crosswind on landing approach can knock the plane off an extremely tight corridor and the plane then needs to take off, circle round the Thames estuary and land again, meaning that flights can get delayed.
I was very impressed with London City Airport on the two occasions I have used it. Queues are always manageable and passport control and security is a breeze compared to Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow! Transport links are great- the DLR is right there and ultra efficient. I definitely pick this as an airport of choice when I go away!
East London's solution to Heathrow. Straight in and straight through, one thing that few can claim for any of London's big four airports. As long as the DLR is up and running, London City Airport is easily reachable, with the DLR ride being fairly comfortable (bar peak hours).
(DLR maintenance definitely something to keep in mind unless you plan to drive).
Acts as a mini-hub for Swiss Air and Air France/KLM, now if only they would offer a greater range of destinations - maybe even long haul flights that do not require a stopover at CDG
LCY is easily teh best airport in London. Staff are well trained and organised. Queues actually move at a reasonable pace and there is nothing close to the mess that is security at Heathrow. The airport itself is a little small but that's probably why it's so good really.
As airports go this is the most convenient one in London, it's in the city so is really close to everything and not too busy. The only downside is that it is more expensive to fly there and only a few airlines actually go there - but i would definitely say it is worth the extra few pennies. Queues are always manageable and passport control and security is a breeze compared to Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow! Transport links are great- the DLR is right there and ultra efficient. Lets just hope you want to travel to one of it's limited destinations!
My first time landing in this airport. It was a nice experience. The airport is not too big and overwhelming but do have lots of passengers flying to and from it. Lots of signs to lead to you to wherever you want to go. There are duty free shops and restaurants. So you get lots of choices, too. Taxi stands are just a few feet away from the entrance. There were lots of check-in stations so no long queues. There was sort of a small construction going on but it wasn't a big bother. Going through security was not at all bad as all teh stations were opened. I breezed right through.
Why making whole waiting lounge a big restaurant? And why no British beer and food? #fail
My first trips through London City Airport (out of LCY and back again in the past week) were both very pleasant experiences: hardly any queues (the one exception being passport control on re- entering the UK, although in fact the queue moved quite quickly), with short working distances, pleasant staff and easy access to the DLR. I can imagine that the departure lounge could get crowded in busy times, although there were seats for all when I was there. Two downsides: some of the tannoy announcements were incomprehensible (to me, a native English speaker some people whose English is less secure could not possibly have understood them: the announcers really need to speak slowly and enunciate properly, and not drop their voices at the end of the sentence or at the important words, such as the flight number, destination and gate number!). And a number of the passengers on my plane had to join the queue outside the building, which would be unpleasant in very hot weather, in very cold weather or in wet weather.
city airport is convinently placed for the bussiness traveller, great little airport
The only airport in London with a fast, easy check-in, getting to London City Airport is easy, whether by public transport, taxi or road, a great heights and cosy environment!
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