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, it is conveniently located for business travellers looking for easy access to the financial district, however it is also increasingly popular with leisure and budget travellers taking advantage of cheap flights to popular holiday and ski resorts.
Travellers should note that London City Airport is not open 24 hours a day due to noise restrictions, but operates from 4.30am to 10pm Monday to Friday, 4.30am to 1pm on Saturday and 11am 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 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 £30. Car rental desks are situated on the ground floor. There are also chauffeur services available from Quay Cars. Mobile app based taxi services, like Uber, are available, as is car sharing through the DriveNow app.
GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
Tel: +44 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 £30. A taxi to Canary Wharf will cost £14.
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 £3 for the first 10 minutes, £13 for up to an hour, £17 for two hours, £25 for four hours, £53 for up to 12 hours and £61 per day. The long-term car park is £23 for up to four hours and £53 per day. Credit card facilities are available.
London City Airport offers free wifi throughout.
A business lounge and a first class lounge are available. Both provide a relaxing environment with wifi, TVs and newspapers, and a broad choice of refreshments. In the first class lounge luggage is taken care of, there is no queuing with other passengers, and transportation directly to the aircraft steps is provided.
London City Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.