London's smallest airport, London City Airport is a single-runway facility that serves London's financial district. The facility is sometimes referred to as STOLport, which stands for Short Take Off and Landing.
Located just six miles (10km) from the centre of London, is conveniently located for business travellers looking for easy access to the financial district, however it is increasingly popular with leisure and budget travellers taking advantage of cheap flights to popular holiday and ski resorts, and destinations like Zürich, Geneva and Milan. The airport was named as having the best public transport links in the world by Business Traveller Magazine in 2008, a testament to the ease in getting to the airport from London.
London City Airport is currently upgrading its facilities ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and as the airport is just two miles (3.2km) from the Olympic Village, it is expected to be very busy during this period.
Travellers should note that London City Airport is not open 24 hours a day due to noise restrictions, but operates from 6:30am to 10pm Monday to Friday, 6:30am to 12:30pm on Saturday, and 12:30pm to 10pm on Sundays.
The airport is situated at the Royal Docks, 10 miles (16km) from the West End.
Getting to the city
Docklands Light Railway (DLR) departs from London City Airport every 8-15 minutes to Canning Town, Woolwich Arsenal and Bank. There are regular Transport for London buses from the airport to stations throughout London. Nearby National Rail stations are reached via the Jubilee line from Canning Town (a seven-minute DLR journey). Licensed taxis (black cabs) are available outside the terminal building, a taxi to the centre of London will take only 20 to 30 minutes and cost roughly £20. Car rental desks are situated on the ground floor. There are also chauffeur services available from Quay Cars.
GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
Tel: +44 (0)20 7646 0088.
Car rental desks are situated on the ground floor, rental companies include Avis, Europcar and Hertz.
Taxis from London City Airport can be hailed outside the Arrivals Hall and a taxi to the centre of London will take only 20 to 30 minutes and cost roughly £20. A taxi to Canary Wharf will cost £12.
There are shops, bars and a restaurant at City Airport, other facilities include left luggage, a mother and baby room, tourist information and business facilities including Internet and fax. There are also ATMs, a bureau de change and Internet facilities. The disabled facilities are good; those with special needs should ideally inform their airline in advance.
Parking at London City Airport is located within easy walking distance of the terminal. Short-term parking starts at £4.20 for the first half hour, £8.40 for up to an hour, £12.60 for two hours, £18.90 for four hours, £29.20 for up to 12 hours and £45 per day. The Main Stay car park starts at £14.70 for up to four hours, £25.20 for up to 12 hours, and £40 per day. Credit card facilities are available.
Flights to London City Airport are available via British Airways, CityJet, Lufthansa, Luxair, Sky Work Airlines and Swiss International Airlines.
London City Airport offers free wifi throughout.
The Meridian Business Centre offers facilities for up to 120 people in 16 conference rooms as well as private work spaces, audio-visual equipments, catering and secretarial services, and fax and copy facilities.
London City Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.