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London City Airport

A comprehensive guide to London City (LCY) Airport

In 1981 the London Docklands Development Corporation instigated a study to determine the feasibility of a STOL airport (Short Take Off and Landing aircraft) and a city centre air gateway in what was then the run down area of the former London Docks. Work finally began on the airport in 1986 and the first commercial flights started in October 1987 followed the following month by London City Airport’s official opening by the Queen. The runway was extended in 1992 and by the following year passenger numbers had grown to a quarter of a million. By 2003 the airport had come of age and recorded annual passenger traffic in excess of 1.5 million. London City Airport handles a large proportion of business flights although leisure and skiing flights are becoming increasingly popular.


Airport Location
View London City Airport Map


Car Parks at London City Airport
On arrival at London City Airport follow the signs for Short Term or Long Term car parks. Both the short and long term car parks operate a credit card payment system although you can obtain an entrance ticket from the barrier and pay after completing your journey.

Automated Credit Card Payments
Insert your credit card into the car park barrier on entry, which will open the barrier. Park and secure your car and make your way to the terminal. On leaving the Airport, collect your vehicle and drive to the exit barrier, there is no need to visit a payment station in the Terminal Concourse. Insert the same credit card used on entry into the exit column. Your card will be debited with the cost of your stay, a receipt will be issued and the barrier will open for your departure.

Machine payments
If you chose to take a ticket on entry and wish to pay by credit card, insert your ticket into the exit column, followed by your credit card. Your card will automatically be debited with the cost of your parking, a receipt will be issued and the barrier will open for you to leave the car park.

Cash Payments
Passengers wishing to pay by cash should note there is no payment at exit. You must visit one of the Pay on Foot machines, located within the terminal concourse, before returning to your vehicle. A receipt and exit ticket will be issued. Drive your vehicle to the exit barrier, insert your exit ticket and wait for the barrier will open for your exit.

Short Stay ParkingThe Short Stay Car Park is adjacent to the Terminal Building. No pre-booking is required. Payment for parking charges can be made in the Terminal Building at payment machines or at the Travelex Desk. Current Charges. Up to 1 hour £3.50, up to 2 hours £6.00, up to 5 hours £9.00, up to 24 hours £21.00. Additional 24 hour periods or part thereof are charged at £21.00

Long Stay ParkingThere are several private parking around the Airport perimeter. Check Yellow Pages for details. London City Airport recommends BCP Parking as their official partner. Discounted long term parking is available via BCP London City Check out their website for a quote andr to book on-line. Or phone 0870 013 4509. Minimum stay of 3 days required applies and must include a Saturday night.


Check-in and Arrivals
Recommend minimum passenger check is 20 minutes before departure although it is sensible and more relaxing to arrive a little earlier to deal with any unforeseen circumstances. Passengers travelling with hand baggage only and who are already in possession of a valid ticket for their flight should proceed directly into the Departure Lounge to complete check-in formalitites at the airline desks there. If you already have a Boarding Card you may also go directly into the Departure Lounge as there is no need to check-in again. A self-service check-in machine is provided on the concourse for use by British Airways and Lufthansa passengers with hand baggage only.


London City Airport Terminals


London City Airport Opening Hours
Monday to Friday 05:30 until 21:30, Saturday 05:30 until 12:30 , Sunday 11:00 until 21:30.


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