London City Airport is the most recently built “new” airport out of the five that are currently considered to be London’s (discounting Southend which is a redevelopment of an existing airport). Proposals for the airport came about in 1981 as part of the redevelopment of the Docklands area of London. The purpose was to provide a more central airport for London’s centre and financial district, specifically for STOL (Short Take-Off and Landing) Aircraft.
Located in the heart of the Docklands area of the London Borough of Newham, the airport lies just 7 miles east of the City of London, close to the famous Canary Wharf financial area. It is currently owned by a consortium comprising AIG Financial Products Corp. and Global Infrastructure Partners. Operating from a single 4,900ft runway, only passenger operations, or flight training on the specific aircraft types operated from the airport are permitted there. Specially qualified pilots are also required who are trained to fly the steep 5.5 degree approaches. So rest assured that your arrival or departure will never be delayed by a student pilot in a light aircraft!
2012 saw London City Airport handle just over 3,000,000 passengers, across nearly 71,000 aircraft movements, which is an upward trend on previous years. This made it the 5th busiest airport serving the London area (after Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton) and the 15th busiest in the UK. Current proposals under the government white paper “The Future of Air Transport” may see a phased expansion of the airport to provide capability of handling up to 8,000,000 passengers by 2030.
The airport is perfectly situated to suit the short-haul business traveller, especially by virtue of its links to central London by way of the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). That said, recent years have seen an increase in destinations served for the leisure traveller to such places as Palma de Mallorca or Chambéry. Airlines presently operating at London City include Alitalia, Blue Islands, British Airways, CityJet, Lufthansa Regional, Luxair, Sky Work Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines.
Conveniently located a couple of miles from London’s North Circular road, the A406, the main route in can be either from the M11 or M25 and A13. The usual journey time from Cambridge and Newmarket is around 50 to 60 minutes, or from the Bury St. Edmunds and Stowmarket areas around 80-90 minutes. Similarly, from Ipswich, the journey time is usually around the 60-70 minute mark. Drop-off and pick-ups are made easy by way of the excellent facilities immediately outside the terminal building. Alternatively, our uniformed driver can meet you upon your exit from arrivals, with a clearly marked greeting board with your name or the name of your company on.
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