London City airport
Gatwick Airport, London Gatwick, West Sussex RH6 0NP
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A couple of the security staff were really friendly - liked that. Others weren't though - went to the info desk to get directions for gate and it was as if I'd asked them an odd question - probably cause I interrupted the big group chat. I also found those serving at restaurants quite lazy too - 4 waiting staff standing around chatting while the chef has put orders out and people are waiting for their food. Are you sure you've got a flight to catch!?!?
Getting to the airport was easy enough, but be careful of the DLR as a few of the trains destined for the airport were suddenly switched to the wharf. I'm a londoner and thought it right to tell a couple of people w/ suitcases to get off the train when destinations were switched.
Last note: Keep your eye on the few boards around at the airport. Still no announcements. I only picked LCY as LHR didn't have suitable flight times. Next time I'll use LHR and work around it. LCY might be smaller, but doesn't seem to have that efficiency factor. Not good if you're out on a business trip like me.
For London standard the City Airport is extremely small, quiet, easy to get to and from as well as efficient. It actually feels more like a train station. I never experienced any delays, which is rather unusual, isn’t it? The DLR is generally reliable now (which it wasn’t always, thinking of its beginnings years ago!), if it’s not on time there are busses and taxis available. There are a few shops and cafés to hang out and spend the odd pound. I liked the pub style bar area, where I tasted a red berry cider this time, yummy. Make sure to check the screens regularly as there are no announcements! My first time around I nearly missed my flight because of that, however, thanks to the short distances within in the airport my hectic sprint to the gate was successful;) Wifi seems to be available and free, but it never worked for any of my phones or laptops…
My favourite of all airports as it is so conveniently placed to get to and from the City.
Add to that a fast, efficient check-in and bag drop area, nice security and pleasant waiting areas and you have a taste of air travel befoore everybody started doing it.
The flights from here tend to be a little more expensive but if you can afford it, the difference is well worth paying for.
Only downside is that a crosswind on landing approach can knock the plane off an extremely tight corridor and the plane then needs to take off, circle round the Thames estuary and land again, meaning that flights can get delayed.
There are no lounges at the airport and a reason they give is that the whole airport is like a lounge. That maybe right if it’s empty, but if it’s crowded for instance because some flights are delayed, then this ‘lounge’ turns into something where you even don’t find a place to sit down. The advice is to show up on short notice, but if you have luggage or you dare to use the train to get there, then this isn’t an option. Waiting at LCY can be a bad experience.
The advantage to this airport is its size makes it easy to get through the check in gates (which are automated) and its clean and neat with plenty of shops and cafes after security. But I drop a star because the security system is painfully slow and seems very disorganised,plus there is no business lounges other than swiss air give you a £4 voucher for snacks or newspapers which barely covers a cup of coffee.
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If you have an early morning flight, you can't do anything before 5:30 a.m. so don't bother showing up before then (I learned that the hard way, showing up at 4:30 for my 6:30 flight and being told the airport was closed). Food options are decent with Pret at check-in, and Cafe Nero & a bar at the gates. Annoying that there are no boarding announcements though, so be sure to watch the screens!
Easily London's most convenient airport.
LCY can be reached by Docklands Light Railway direct from the City. The airport is tiny and distances from check-in to boarding to the plane are very short. Often it is enough to turn up 45 minutes prior to take-off. Security are very friendly, the waiting hall is a bit worn, but since you don't wait for long that doesn't matter. Connections are all over Europe on small aircraft and the experience of landing there from a westerly direction is stunning.
I can really recommend LCY for short hops to and from London.
My first time landing in this airport. It was a nice experience. The airport is not too big and overwhelming but do have lots of passengers flying to and from it. Lots of signs to lead to you to wherever you want to go. There are duty free shops and restaurants. So you get lots of choices, too. Taxi stands are just a few feet away from the entrance. There were lots of check-in stations so no long queues. There was sort of a small construction going on but it wasn't a big bother. Going through security was not at all bad as all teh stations were opened. I breezed right through.
A basic, pared back airport - no room for much more on this site. Reasonable range of regional destinations, check in and security generally somewhat quicker than at other UK airports. On the minus side, it is a long schlep from major rail terminals and central London ( although convenient for East London and Canary Wharf).
I had a very pleasant experience travelling through this airport
The staff were extremely helpful and friendly and the service was very quick and efficient... even with the bomb threat alert that went off just as I went through the metal detector!
Well worth consideration as your travel hub!
A very handy airport if you live in east London, this minuscule place is not worth a visit unless you really need to travel budget.
There are no shops, one or two cafes (literally) and the entire airport fits inside a small air hangar.
Security is SLOW, too, as is checking in. They don't seem to have their act together. Mind you, last time I flew out of there was... 2 years ago. Hopefully matters have improved.
This is an excellent airport precisely because it is small and easy to get through on both outbound and return journeys. It is always my preference when I fly for business due to the minimal time required to check-in, clear security and move to boarding.
The DLR station offers reasonable transport links, requiring around 15-20 minutes to get to Bank or London Bridge.
The airport has the standard shops and outlets, including Eat for food and Nero for those early morning shots of caffeine.
A slight negative is that if your flight is delayed there aren’t many seats. Otherwise, I thoroughly recommend it and it is much better than Heathrow or any of the other London airports.
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