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Location - The London City airport is one of the most important airports of United Kingdom with more than 15 airlines catering to over 25 destinations. It handles an annual passenger footfall of nearly 1.5 million. The airport is well-located, away from the clogged streets of the proper London city. It is 10 miles from the West End and the Westminster area, the seat of government offices. The airport is located only 6 miles from business district of London. Important roads and train services also connect the airport with the rest of the city.

Know your Airport - Queen Elizabeth II inaugurated the London City Airport in November of 1987. As one of the leading airports for business travel, London City Airport handles most of its traffic during the winter season. The airport is also one of the privileged few aircraft centers which handles a majority of the private jet centers near the heart of central London. Hence, the recognition of having the best corporate aviation passenger handling facilities in Europe for 2005 came as little surprise. If you are a business traveler, London city airport and its services are some of the best you can avail.  



Airport Structure

  Terminals - The London City airport has one terminal which was opened for use in 1986. The single terminal handles all the passengers from LCY airlines and other aviation service providers. Future plans indicate that the terminal will be extended in both the eastern and western sides to handle as much as 5 times more passengers than done currently by the year 2030.

Transit systems
- Escalators, elevators and stairs connect the airport ground floor to the upper levels and departure entrance. Disabled travelers can ask for assisted transport once inside the airport. Easily accessible shuttle buses can spare the differently abled travelers a major share of inconveniences. In addition to all these, the airport is connected to the whole of the city by underground railways and Canning Town is the closest jubilee line linking the airport to the station.

Inside the terminals
- The London City airport is famous for its furiously fast check in and departure process. While it takes as much as 2 hours or a minimum of 45 minutes to complete the check in elsewhere, London City Airport completes it in just 15 minutes. This means you can save as much half an hour on the routine procedure. Inside the terminal there are 26 check-in desks and 5 self-service kiosks for passengers traveling in BA, Air France and Lufthansa. The main sales desk of the airport is in the middle of the terminal. Hand baggage can also be checked here as well as at airline desks. Please remember that due to the noise impact from each aircraft departure, there have been special rules put in place. Operations are limited within 5:30 and 21:30 time span from Monday to Friday. The airport is closed for at least 24 hours every weekend.

Safety - Passengers are advised to be patient while queuing at the check-in desks and security control. The London City airport facilitates quick check in less than 20 minutes and that is one of the main reasons why it is preferred by business travelers. The security arrangements of the airport are in sync with the best of 4 other airports, serving the London area. The presence of armed police should not be misunderstood as they have been commissioned to ensure the safety of all passengers, including you. The airport staff is on alert for any unattended packages or bags. Small items like jackets & coats, handbags, cameras, mobile phones, computers, calculators, keys and coins are all required to be passed through x-ray machines. Items like scissors, razor blades, household cutlery, tools, darts, and flammable matter are strictly contraband. Instruments containing mercury & magnets and radioactive materials are also to be strictly avoided during boarding. Please consult individual airlines as security policies may further vary from one to another.

Business facilities
- For business travelers at LCY, the Meridian Business Centre located inside the terminal building (on the first floor) is an ultimate riposte in ambience and business facilities. It is air-conditioned and offers soundproof rooms to suit your business needs. It is ideal for meetings, conferences and training necessities. After finishing a meeting, business travelers can use the resident chauffeur company at London city Airport to travel to London. If you choose to spend time on the airport itself till somebody picks you up, you can check your pending work and emails as Internet access and WiFi are available from the terminal concourse opposite International Arrivals. In fact, the whole terminal is WiFi-enabled. If you happen to have misplaced or forgotten some item, be sure to check the lost property and left luggage room, situated in security zone A. In any case, make sure you promptly report the authorities. Left Luggage facilities are available at a charge of £2 per item per 24-hour period.

Family interests
- Family interests are plenty in the airport and let us tell you about the eating options available. In the departures area, the Meridian Line table service restaurant and Yeager's café/bar are situated at the upper level. The Bewleys, situated at a lower level provides good food as well as Internet access. This is all that you have on the landside area. On the airside of the departures area, you can delight yourself in the small Italian Trattoria. Enjoy mouth-watering pasta, seafood and breakfast at this eatery. The Marchais Frais Carte offers health food like salads, baguettes and if you have kids, they will definitely want to taste the sweet temptation of pastries and drinks. If shopping is on cards and you want to read something just to spend some time, avail the newspaper and book shop on the lower level of the departure area. On the airside of the same, you can avail attractive deals at the tax free shopping area. Please note that tax free goods are available to UK domestic passengers who are gregarious enough to share the departure lounge with other travelers of neighboring countries. Items like shoes, leather goods, clothing, luxury and traditional food are all available to gratify your shopping instincts.
   

  Extra information - While designated smoking areas are available in the restaurant, some restrictions exist at the terminal. As far as disabled travelers are concerned, LCY has some extra arrangements for them like reserved parking bays and airport shuttle buses having hydraulic ramps. Facilities are also available for boarding aircraft but please ensure that you have informed the proper airline in advance.

Leaving from London City airport - If you plan to leave for London City Airport by train, then it might be a right decision especially if you plan to move out of London on that day to other locations in UK. From the London railway station, the airport is easily accessible by the London underground system. The nearest underground station to the airport is Canning Town. If you would rather leave by coach, then you might be better served if you use the National Express. For those willing to enjoy a more leisurely journey into the city, availing number 69 buses, which stop at the airport terminal, would be a better option. The quaint old cabs can also be availed just from outside the terminal building in the specified taxi rank.

Essentials
- If you are foreign national or if you happen to have come to UK after spending a considerable amount of time outside, the first thing that you will search for is a currency exchange service provider. There is a Bureau de Change at London City Airport and it also lets you avail its services from a total of three outlets situated within the terminal. They can be found at the terminal concourse on the ground floor, the departure lounge and in the international arrivals hall. Cash points are also available inside the airport and there are 4 locations in all. Two cash points can be located on the ground floor in the public area beside the Bureau de Change. The other two can be had of in the Departure Lounge and in the International Arrivals Hall. For those wanting to send a letter home as soon as they landed on the airport, a post box is available at the terminal entrance. Use the store on the ground floor of the terminal to collect the necessary stamps. As far as phones are concerned, coin-operated as well as both credit card & phone card telephones are available throughout the terminal.

Airlines operating from London City Airport

  The major airlines operating from the terminal at London City airport are Cityjet (Air France), British Airways, BA Connect, Cirrus Airlines, Darwin Airline, Eastern Airways, EuroManx, KLM Cityhopper, Lufthansa CityLine, Contact Air, Luxair, OLT, SAS, Scot Airways, Swiss International Air Lines, Swiss European Air Lines and VLM Airlines.

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