London: a glittering capital and financial metropolis12.05.2016
London City Airport: a success story
26 October 1987 marked the official opening of the airport by Queen Elizabeth II and the launch of the first commercial flight. By 1988, over 133,000 passengers were already using the airport. By 2002, the airport was able to celebrate its 10 millionth passenger. 2005 saw the start of operations for the new Docklands Light Railway (DLR) link. By 2008, annual passenger numbers had already reached the 3.3 million mark. In 2012, the airport’s 25th anniversary and millionth flight was marked by a visit from the Queen.
Tate Modern, British Museum, Buckingham Palace and the Coca-Cola London Eye – these are just a few of the main sightseeing attractions London has to offer. London has always been one of the most interesting yet unconventional cities in Europe. The City of London financial district is the UK’s business hub and a global financial centre to rival New York; national and international firms and banks are based here. In London City Airport, London also has an airport worth visiting and travelling to.
London City Airport is for real jet-setters who just want to get in, get out and get away, without spending all that much time at the airport. Those on business in London or planning a city break in the capital will quickly come to appreciate London City Airport as the fastest way to London city centre or the financial district: passengers take on average less than 10 minutes from exiting the aircraft to exiting the airport. The financial district is just a 22-minute train ride away and Westminster can be reached in around 25 minutes. And it’s not without reason that the airport has won so many awards: London’s best airport, Europe’s best airport, the UK’s most punctual airport, the National Responsible Business Champion Award. As of 19 June, British Airways will be operating flights from Berlin-Tegel to London City Airport.
Starting on 19 June, British Airways will be operating three weekly non-stop flights, Monday to Friday, from Berlin-Tegel to London City Airport. The route will be served by an Embraer jet. British Airways will also start offering a weekly flight from Stansted Airport (to the north-east of London). This summer will see the airline offering a total of up to 10 daily flights to London (Heathrow and London City) as well as a weekly flight to Stansted.
Right by the terminal is the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station. In 15–30 minutes you can reach London’s key destinations – either directly or by changing to the Underground: in 22 minutes the financial district, in 14 minutes Canary Wharf or in 25 minutes Westminster.
London City Airport (LCY)
London City Airport is the only London airport to actually be situated in the city. Spanning some 526,000 square metres and handling around 16,000 passengers every day, the airport was crowned Best Airport in London at the 2015 London Transport Awards. It also won the ACI Europe award for best European airport under 5 million passengers from 2012–2015 and was ranked by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as the most punctual airport in the UK from 2010–2015. Last but not least, the airport was honoured with the National Responsible Business Champion Award 2015 by the All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group. And no wonder: passengers with hand luggage take on average five minutes from exiting the aircraft to exiting the airport. Where else could you reach the exit so quickly after disembarking? Admittedly, the state-of-the-art ePassport gates play a major role, but even passengers who have checked-in luggage and use the conventional passport control checks need on average only around 10 minutes. This is a major plus for both business and private travellers wanting to make the most of their time in London rather than spending unnecessary time at the airport.