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Airport Hours and Location

London City Airport is open from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on weekdays; till 1 p.m. on Saturdays; from 12:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Sundays; and from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on holidays. It is located on Hartmann Road, Royal Docks, 7 miles (11 kilometers) east of downtown and 3 miles (5 kilometers) from Canary Wharf. 

Nearby Aircraft

There is a wide variety of private jet types available for charter to and from London City Airport. The most popular private jet models include the Hawker 850XPChallenger 350Falcon 2000XLGlobal 6000Citation Mustang and the Gulfstream G-500.

Runways

London City Airport has a single 4,948-foot (1,508-meter) runway. Due to its steep approach and runway less than 5,000 feet, London City Airport limits its use to multi-engine, fixed-wing aircraft with crews certified to fly 5.5-degree approaches. (Standard is 3 degrees.)

Airport Amenities

London City Airport is London’s smallest airport and the one closest to the city and its two main financial districts, Royal Docks and Canary Wharf. It offers a wide range of airport amenities to its A-list business travelers. It has the best welcoming services and excellent shopping facilities.

Private Jet Charter to and from London City Airport

Paramount Business Jets offers private jet charter flights and luxury airliner charters to and from London City Airport.

London City Airport is one of five airports in London but it’s the one that is closest to the city itself.

That makes it an ideal destination or departure point for private jets.

London City Airport is located seven miles from the center of London in the Royal Docks in the borough of Newham, three miles from Canary Wharf.

London City Airport

London City Airport at sunset. Picture Credit.

Many business travelers hire private jets into and out of London City because the two major financial centers of London are Royal Docks and Canary Wharf, which is three miles away. London City Airport handles most of those private jet travelers and the airport has a business feel to it.

The airport prides itself on being London’s fastest, most punctual and closest to downtown airport.

London City Airport requires additional crew training due to steep approach and the runway is also under 5000 ft long which limits the types of aircraft that can land there.

What is London City Airport’s code?

London City Airport’s IATA code is LCY; London City Airport’s ICAO code is EGLC.

Is it easy to get to London City Airport?

London City Airport is one of the most accessible airports in London. It is a station on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), the above-ground portion of the Tube. The DLR and the Tube will take you just about anywhere you want to go in London.

Airport Information

Why is London City Airport important for travelers on private jets?

In addition to its location near London’s financial centers, its size – the smallest of London’s five airports – makes it easier and quicker for private jets. There are fewer people and flights, eliminating much of the hassle of a larger airport.

An Avro RJ85 Taking Off from London City Airport

Aerial View of London City Airport. Picture Credit.

How many terminals and runways does London City Airport have?

A single runway, adjacent to a single terminal, handles most of the short-haul business flights to Europe. Very few long-distance flights – to the United States, for instance – take off from London City Airport.

What airlines use London City Airport?

Carriers using London City Airport include British Airways, Lufthansa, KLM and Swiss International. You can also hire a private jet from companies like Paramount Business Jets for business travel around Europe.

How far is it from London City Airport to important destinations around the city?

By train, Tube or car, London City Airport is about:

  • An hour to Heathrow
  • 25 minutes to Westminister
  • 22 minutes to the heart of London
  • 14 minutes to Canary Wharf

What does it mean to be the world’s first Bloomberg Hub?

An Avro RJ85 Taking Off from London City Airport

An Avro RJ85 Taking Off from London City Airport. Picture Credit.

According to the Bloomberg Hub’s website, the journey is just a means to an end for business travelers who come to meet clients, make a sale, negotiate a deal or network at an industry conference. So, Bloomberg set about helping business travelers, most of whom hire private jets to get to London, to better prepare themselves for the business that awaits them. Even when waiting, business travelers are still working.

Bloomberg, attempting to serve the global community of business and financial decision-makers, said there were several reasons it chose London City Airport as its first international hub:

  • London City Airport is London’s business airport of choice with 61 percent of its users traveling on business.
  • More than 50 percent of London City Airport passengers surveyed work for or subscribe to a financial data service, including Bloomberg Professional users.
  • Many travelers are coming from or going to cities where Bloomberg has a strong client base, like Zurich, Geneva, Amsterdam, Paris and Frankfurt.
  • London City Airport serves an elite clientele with the average income of its passengers -- $150,000 -- the highest of all London airports.

Bloomberg’s choice of London City Airport as its first hub is testimony to the airport’s importance in the world of business.

The hub helps business travelers in five primary ways:

The Media Panel: Located where travelers enter security, the Media Panel consists of six ultra-high-definition screens that show varied content and messages for oncoming business passengers.

The Media Tickers: The combined length of the Media Tickers creates one of the longest digital displays of its kind, displaying multiple streams of constantly updated market and news headlines and financial information, including indices, equities and currencies data. The tickers stream travel-specific information, including world weather and world time, configured to match London City Airport’s daily flight destinations.

The Lounge at London City Airport

The Lounge at London City Airport. Picture Credit.

The Lounge: Almost 3,000 sq. ft. of space, enough to seat more than 180 people, the Lounge offers areas for business travelers to work, relax or prepare for their day ahead. In the Lounge, travelers will find free wi-fi, shoe shines and clothes steaming. Its five zones and their purposes are:

  • Buzz: Network and catch up with colleagues.
  • Unwind: Relax, sit back and wait for your flight.
  • Shine: Smarten up for your next meeting with a shoe shine and suit steam.
  • Spark: Share content with friends and family.
  • Ask: Find the answer to any Bloomberg question.
  • Connect: Work in a space equipped with tablets, charging stations and Bloomberg terminals.

The Media Wall: The Media Wall is the heart of the Lounge. It is a vast, vivid digital canvas delivering essential travel information, market news and analysis and relevant data and Bloomberg Television.

Wi-Fi sponsorship: Thanks to Bloomberg, all visitors to London City Airport have free wi-fi access.

How big is London City Airport?

Of the five airports in London, London City has the fewest passengers and the least amount of air traffic. In 2017, more than 4.5 million passengers used London City Airport. On an average weekday, a flight lands about every 20 minutes.

Some 16,000 passengers are on the 260 arrivals and departures each day.

Is London City Airport expanding?

Already the fastest growing Airport in London, London City Airport, in 2016, got the go ahead to undergo a $500 million expansion and redevelopment project that will double its maximum yearly passenger capacity.

It will extend the terminal, providing the ability to add 30,000 flights a year to service two million more passengers a year by 2025.

When did London City Airport open?

The idea for an airport to service the London Docklands area was proposed in 1981. By 1985, plans were approved and construction began in 1986 with the Prince of Wales ceremoniously laying the foundation stone of the terminal building. The Queen officially opened the airport late in 1987. Some 15,000 passengers used the airport in 1988, its first full year of business.

As usage grew -- more than 216,000 passengers a year were using the airport – the runway was extended in 1991.

In March 1992, the Princess of Wales re-launched the enlarged airport. By the end of 1995, more than a half a million passengers used the airport annually. The airport continued to make improvements as air traffic grew. In 1998, more than 37,000 flights were made. In 2002, the airport celebrated its 15th birthday and its 10 millionth passenger.

The airport cares about the environment, too. In March 2018, London City Airport became the first airport in the United Kingdom to ban plastic straws in favor of biodegradable paper ones. It found itself using more than 100,000 straws a year that ended up in landfills or polluting waters.

Things to see in London

London Montage

Places of Interest in London. Picture Credit.

The Tower of London: The famous building that has been a fortress, a palace and a prison has been part of British history since the 11th century. You can explore the grounds, look for the protected ravens and see the crown jewels -- 23,578 gems, including the Imperial State Crown, which alone has 2,868 diamonds, 273 pearls, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, and 5 rubies -- of the British monarchy. The Tower of London, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was built in 1086 by William the Conqueror.

You can also take a tour and hear spooky stories about the executions, torture and intrigue contained within its walls.

Stonehenge: Mystery surrounds one of the world’s most important prehistoric monuments. The stone circle was erected in the late Neolithic period, around 2500 B.C.

The construction of Stonehenge, like the Egyptian pyramids, has baffled man since the early medieval period. A new addition to Stonehenge is a display of Neolithic houses, reconstructed using archaeological evidence and authentic materials. Stonehenge remains a spiritual place for many.

The London Eye: See London and its historic landmarks as you have never seen it from an observation wheel 450 feet off the ground. There is a 4D experience in which a 3D film is combined with effects like wind, bubbles and mist.

The River Thames: Take an afternoon Tea Cruise on a river boat from the Tower of London to the Houses of Parliament and back. On the hour-and-a-half cruise, you’ll see sights such as Shakespeare’s Globe, the Shard skyscraper, the London Eye and Houses of Parliament as you sip tea – or champagne, if you prefer – with your scones and tea sandwiches.

Sea Life London: Walk under a tropical ocean and see colorful clown fish, turtles and seahorses in one of Europe’s largest aquariums. At another point, you are on a suspended platform looking down on many species of sharks. There are a lot of interactive exhibits for the kids, including touch pools with stingrays. There is a rainforest exhibit with poison frogs and crocodiles as well as an ice exhibit with playful penguins.

Harry Potter at Warner Brothers Studio: Walk in the footsteps of your favorite Harry Potter characters as you take a tour behind the scenes of the Harry Potter films. You will also learn how some of the magic took place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as special effects are explained.

The four-hour tour takes fans of Harry Potter to places like the Great Hall and Dumbledore’s office where they can get their pictures taken. They can also try drinking Butterbeer and riding a broomstick.

Buckingham Palace: The official London residence of the Queen opens its doors to the public every summer. And, each year, there is a themed temporary exhibit that can only be seen that year. In 2017, the Royal Gifts exhibit displayed the wide range of official gifts received by the Queen. In 2018, the exhibition will celebrate the 70th birthday of Charles, Prince of Wales. Here’s what to see at Buckingham Palace:

The State Rooms: There are 19 State Rooms (and 78 bathrooms) among the 775 rooms in Buckingham Palace. The State Rooms are lavishly decorated public rooms where visitors are received. Some of the rooms were used for royal wedding receptions, most recently for William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The Grand Staircase: The magnificent bronze staircase was built during a remodeling of the palace for King George IV in 1825. Lit by a glass dome in the ceiling, the balustrade is decorated with bronze-casted acanthus, oak and laurel leaves.

Fine art: Hanging on the walls are paintings by famous artists like Rubens, Van Dyck, Rembrandt, Poussin and Vermeer. In additions, royal portraits hang in many of the state rooms.

The Throne Room: A favorite of visitors, you may recognize the Throne Room as the backdrop for many famous royal wedding photos.

ICAO EGLC
IATA LCY
LOCATION London, United Kingdom
FACILITY TYPE AIRPORT

Runway information

Runway Length (ft) Width (ft) Surface Type Elevation (ft)
28/10 4948 98 CON 18.98361

FBOs at London City Airport, EGLC, LCY

Name Address Phone Website
London City Jet Center ROYAL DOCKS (442) 076-0400
Penauille Servisair (442) 076-0647

METAR Weather Data

London City Airport
  • Weather Overcast
  • Observed 01:01 AM
  • Temperature 10 °C, 50 °F
  • Preticipation 0.0 mm
  • Humidity 76%
  • Pressure 1036 mb
  • Cloud Cover 100%
  • Visibility 10%
  • Wind Speed: 8mph, 13km/h
  • Wind Direction: 280°, W

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I have to stop for customs when I fly on a private jet?

    Passengers on all international private charter flights will have to stop at customs. In certain countries, you may have to go through customs at a specific port of entry; for example, you must stop in Tahiti to perform customs checks en route to Bora Bora. You’ll also need to stop at the first port of entry when entering the U.S. from Mexico.
  • How much rest does the crew need before they can depart again?

    Crew members are required to have a 10-hour rest period within each 24-hour cycle. The maximum duty day is 14 hours and must be followed by a 10-hour rest period at their hotel. When scheduling a flight, operators usually account for 12 hours of rest instead of 10. These extra two hours allow the crew time to get to their hotel, rest for the required time, and return to the airport.
  • How long does a fuel stop for a private jet flight take?

    The average fuel stop takes 45–60 minutes. To speed up fuel stops, the operator, or pilots may call ahead, so a fuel truck is waiting for the aircraft on arrival. For smaller jets, a fuel stop can take as little as 30 minutes.
  • Will my private jet charter use the same airport as a commercial airline?

    No. When you charter a private jet, you generally fly into a private airport. However, you could access the same airports as a commercial airline if you request to do so or if there are no private airport options. However, using a large mainstream airport like Los Angeles International or London Heathrow is often a bad choice for private jets, as flying to a smaller regional private airport is much faster and often makes for a more luxurious experience.
  • Is the age of an aircraft a safety factor?

    Aircraft age is not a safety factor. However, if the aircraft is older and hasn’t been refurbished properly, it may cause flyers some inconvenience, such as overheating, faulty air conditioning, or faulty plumbing in the lavatory.
  • How much luggage am I allowed to bring on a private jet?

    As a rule of thumb, each seat on a light or midsize jet equates to one passenger and one item of luggage. Each item of luggage is considered to be the standard 23 kilograms, or about 50 lbs. Large jets are designed for long-range trips, which typically involve longer stays, so you can carry more than one item of luggage per person.
  • Are there aircraft that are wheelchair accessible?

    There are many aircraft that are wheelchair accessible. Most of them are large jets or above and have a straight aisle. If the jet has a zigzag aisle – like the Falcon 900 – it will be difficult to maneuver the wheelchair onboard the aircraft. You’ll also need the right type of wheelchair; many motorized wheelchairs won’t fit and can’t be collapsed. If this is the case, you’ll need a smaller, temporary wheelchair. Some aircraft operators have smaller wheelchairs that can be used. Please speak with your Paramount private jet expert to review your aircraft options.
  • Can I fly with large sums of cash?

    Yes, you can. This is a common occurrence for many private jet clients. You can fly with up to $5 million in cash as long as you declare that cash when coming through customs. For domestic trips, there’s no limit and no need to declare it.
  • Which private jets come with flight attendants?

    In the United States, large jets and above are required to have flight attendants onboard; in Europe, flight attendants are used on midsize jets and above. Flight attendants require their own seats. Larger jets and above have a jump seat near the cockpit for the flight attendant to use, meaning the attendant generally stays out of the cabin.
  • Which airports offer ramp access, allowing the client to drive their car right up to their private jet?

    Private jet clients can often have a limo drive them right up to the private jet, or even drive their own car to the plane. That said, different airports have different policies, and some may not offer ramp access. Please speak with your Paramount Aviation Advisor to review your options for a given trip.
  • Do private jets come with Wi-Fi?

    Many private jets do have Wi-Fi, and it’s increasingly available free of charge on U.S. domestic flights. On international flights, prices range from $3.00-$8.50 USD per megabyte used. This means that opening up social media sites that are rich in images and videos could quickly cost you $20 – and downloading a feature-length movie could cost thousands!
  • When is on-demand private jet charter better than buying a block of hours?

    Private jet charter can be a lot cheaper than buying a block of hours for a one-way flight, as you can access floating fleets or an empty leg to reduce the cost. With a block of hours, the price covers a round trip. If you only fly one-way, you are effectively paying double.
  • What is a carbon-neutral flight?

    Every aircraft burns jet fuel and emits a certain amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. This can be offset via one of several carbon offset programs that allow private jet clients to purchase a certain number of carbon credits to offset the emissions from their flights. A carbon-neutral flight is one that offsets the carbon emissions it uses via a formal process.
  • Can I have a flexible departure time for my private jet flight?

    Yes, it is possible to have a flexible departure when flying privately. Operators typically offer a 30-minute to two-hour window, but you can request a longer window as long as it doesn’t interfere with the maximum crew duty day or their next scheduled flight. Please confirm with your Paramount Aviation Advisor at the time of booking your jet.
  • When should I hire a Boeing Business Jet?

    Boeing Business Jets (BBJs) have unique amenities that extend far beyond sheer size and are often equipped with 1-2 bedrooms and 2-3 bathrooms (one more of those bathrooms may even offer stand-up showers.) These airliner-based executive aircraft also feature tall or ‘stand-up’ cabins that are also longer and wider than more typical corporate aircraft.
  • How soon can I have a private jet ready from the time I call in the request?

    Generally speaking, with as little as 4 hours of notice. However, we have had wheels up in as little as 32 minutes from the time our client called us to book the flight and had them in the air. It depends on a few factors, such as how long it takes for the pilots to arrive at the airport (generally, there is a 2-hour call-out time for the pilots), and whether the aircraft is ready to go at the airport with no repositioning needed. Our Jet Card members enjoy faster booking since they have funds on account and can confirm a flight with a simple email.
  • Can I access my luggage while in flight?

    On most private jets, you will be able to access your luggage during the flight. That’s because luggage and passengers are situated on the same level. This is in contrast to commercial airlines, where checked luggage is stored in a cargo hold. On large private jets, luggage is often stored in a compartment behind the lavatory, which means easy access to your bags.
  • When are private jet charter landing and takeoff slots applicable?

    A landing or takeoff slot is simply a small window of time in which your aircraft is scheduled to fly in or out of the airport. You will need a landing and takeoff slot if you fly to a high-density airport in the United States or one that is hosting a special event with a significant number of aircraft arriving and departing. If you’re flying internationally, you will need a landing and takeoff slot for all major European cities. Please check with your Paramount Aviation Advisor at the time of booking for a specific route.
  • What kind of in-flight catering is available on a private jet?

    Other than the standard snacks and drinks, you can order local cuisine options for your catering on board. In short, anything that doesn’t need to be cooked can be ordered; hot food must be precooked and then warmed on board.
  • Can I bring pets with me on private jet flights?

    Of course! Just let us know in advance. The majority of the operators and aircraft owners allow pets onboard. In some cases, a small cleaning fee may apply. That said, there are specific requirements that must be met when traveling with your pet, including making sure that all documentation and vaccination records for your pet(s) are correct and up-to-date. Dogs and cats must also be at least eight weeks old and weaned when traveling within the U.S.
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