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London City Airport

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Continent: Europe Country: United Kingdom Region: England
London City Airport
Location London England
Airport type Commercial
Overview map Google Maps
Tower 118.075 and 127.950
Approach 128.025
Departure132.7 or 118.825
ATIS 136.350
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Located in the former Royal Docks only 6 miles from central London, this airport handles turboprop and jet aircraft up to Airbus 318 size on scheduled routes to destinations popular with business travellers. Steep approaches and a minimal noise footprint are both required. In recent years there has been an increase in movements by biz jets. Busiest periods are weekday mornings and evenings and Sunday evenings, and the airport is closed on Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings.

Official Spotting Locations


Outside Terminal Building

Outside the terminal building there are large parking areas beyond the bus stops and taxi rank. A ten minute walk allows a view of the eastern half of the runway and taxiway Delta.

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Other Spotting Locations

North side of Royal Albert Dock

From the north side of Royal Albert Dock there is an unobstructed over water view of the entire airport. This is a public area with some offices, restaurants and a canoeing club. To reach this spot take the DLR to Royal Albert station. Photographers may prefer to alight at Cyprus and walk through the University campus to the north of the eastern end of runway 09/27.

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Jet Centre

Walking anti-clockwise from Royal Albert dock to the terminal building you will pass the Jet Centre. A double row of fences makes photography difficult but logging is possible after dusk due to a high level of apron lighting.

Eastern end of Car Park

From the eastern end of the car park there are views over King George V dock of the runway 27 holding point and turning loop.

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Airside-Departure Lounge

The departure lounge is on the upper floor with large windows overlooking the apron and runway.

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Locations to Avoid

Controlled access road east of Jet Centre.


Regular Traffic

  • Aer Lingus (BAe146 ATR72)
  • Alitalia (E175 E190)
  • British Airways (A318 BAe146 E170)
  • Flybe (Q400 E175 E195)
  • KLM (E175 E190)
  • LOT Polish Airlines (E170 E175 E190 E195)
  • Lufthansa (E190 E195)
  • Luxair (Q400)
  • Swiss (A220 A319)
  • TAP Air Portugal (A319)

See airport web site for the full schedule.

Facilities and Transportation

In December 2005 the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) extension to the airport terminal opened.

You can use the westbound DLR trains to reach either Bank or Tower Hill station (note: getting to Tower Hill often requires a change at Westferry). From Bank or Tower Hill you can use the Tube (Circle Line is recommended) to reach major stations such as Kings Cross, Paddington, Victoria or Liverpool Street. Between Canning Town and Stratford, the Jubilee Line is faster than using the DLR (with a change at Poplar). If either route is adversely affected by engineering works, consider taking the 473 bus route between Plaistow Station (District Line) and City Airport. This also calls at Custom House library (operated by Newham Council), which includes a computing/internet room.