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London City Airport

London City Airport

London City Airport is a rapidly growing dynamic business. It has not shifted from the initial vision of John Mowlem and Co., the orginal developer, that a City Centre Airport, designed to serve a niche business market, could reap significant financial rewards for the owner, and the airlines.

In 2003, 1.5 million passengers travelled through London City Airport to its 24 UK and European destinations. According to the Airport's latest data 59% of passengers travelling through the airport are doing so for business reasons, 65% are male, although the proportion of women is growing. 71% of flights are international, 29% are domestic. 55% of passengers are travelling with only hand luggage.

The Airport is only 6 miles east of the City, and is one of five major international airports serving the London conurbation. The other major airports serving this large market are Heathrow located 16 miles west of the City, Gatwick 25 miles to the south, Stansted 35 miles to the north-east and Luton 30 miles to the north.

London City Airport is a private limited company owned by Irish investor, Dermot Desmond and is the only London airport developed from scratch with private capital. As well as employing 250 people itself, the Airport is landlord to a host of other companies operating at the airport, including airlines, handling agents, caterers and retailers.

Corporate Aviation

London City Airport

LONDON City Airport is proving popular with corporate operators who enjoy the speed and efficiency of an Airport so close to the city centre. Between 1995 and 2001 there was a 252% increase in corporate aviation and in August that year the Airport announced it was to build a dedicated facility for this traffic.

This new Jet Centre was completed in mid 2002. It provides a complete corporate aviation package including VIP lounges, a dedicated VIP stand, parking for at least 20 aircraft and immigration, customs and crew facilities.

The Airport also has an Air Operators Certificate (AOC). This allows the them to operate their own tri-jet Dassault Falcon 900EX executive jet for hire and reward to public transport standards without restrictions.

Surface Access

London City Airport When the Airport opened in 1987 access to it was perceived to be poor. The opening in 1993 of the Limehouse Link and the other Docklands strategic highways transformed the position and there is now very good road access to and from central London. The A13 improvements now in progress are expected to bring further benefits to the Airport.

The need for a fixed rail link is now being met - a new extension of the DLR is under constuction with completion expected late in 2005. This will link the Airport with the transport interchange at Canning Town which opened late in 1999 and which itself greatly enhanced access to the Airport by pubic transport via the new Jubilee Line extension and the DLR. Pending the opening of the new DLR extension the Airport is linked to Canning Town by a shuttle bus. There is also a shuttle bus serving Canary Wharf and Liverpool Street.

In the future there is the prospect of a further extension of the DLR under the River to Woolwich Arsenal and the possiblity of the suggested Ebbsfleet branch of Crossrail serving the Royal Docks, including the Airport.

At a Glance

  • Location: In the Royal Docks, Newham - 6 miles east of the City of London
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  • OS Grid Reference: TQ422803
  • Latitude (Runway Centre): 5130' 19" N
  • Longitude (Runway Centre): 03' 19" E
  • Runway Length 28/10: 1319m x 30m
  • Elevation: 19 feet
  • IATA Identifier: LCY
  • ICAO Identifier: EGLC
  • Opened for Air Services: October 1987
  • Type: Aimed at business travellers
  • Routes: UK Domestic and European
  • Terminal Opening Hours: 0530-2130 M-F; 0530-1230 Sats; 1100-2130 Sundays
  • Permitted Flying Hours: 0630-2200 M-F; 0630-1230 Sats; 1230-2200 Sundays; 0900-1230 Bank Holidays
  • Number of Passengers 2004: 1.685 million
  • Number of Movements 2004: 60,500
  • Address: London City Airport Limited, Royal Docks, Silvertown, London, E16 2PX
  • Telephone: 020 646 0000
  • Fax:020 574 5747
  • Owner: Dermot Desmond
  • Managing Director: Richard Gooding
London City Airport,
Royal Docks,
E16 2PX

Tel: (020) 7646 0530


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General Info
Country United Kingdom
Time UTC 0(+1DT)
Latitude 51.505278
51° 30' 19.00" N
Longitude 0.055278
000° 03' 19.00" E
Elevation 19 feet
6 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 002° W (01/05)
Alternate Name LONDON
Near City London
Daylight Savings Time Last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October

TWR 118.075
If unavbl, call Twr on 118.075 MHz. Thames Radar will advs.
APP 132.7
Communications Remarks  
ATIS Avbl 0630-2230Z Mon-Fri, 0630-1230Z Sat, 1230-2230Z Sun, 0900-2230Z hol (0530-2100Z Mon-Fri, 0530-1130Z Sat, 1130-2100Z Sun, 0800-2100Z hol sum).
TWR Avbl 0630-2230Z Mon-Fri, 0630-1230Z Sat, 1230-2230Z Sun, 0900-2230Z hol (0530-2100Z Mon-Fri, 0530-1130Z Sat, 1130-2100Z Sun, 0800-2100Z hol sum).

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
10/28 4948 x 98 feet
1508 x 30 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
NDB LCY CITY - 322 At Field -

CAUTION When ldg Rwys 10 or 28 in strong wind cond, of the possibility of bldg induced turb and/or windshear.
CSTMS/IMG Avbl 0600-2200Z++ Mon-Sat, 0800-2200Z++ Sun and hol, all PNR by 1400Z++ prev day.
LGT PAPI all rwys GS 5.5 MEHT 38'.
OPR HOURS Opr 0635-2115Z++ Mon-Fri; 0630-1230Z++ Sat; 1230-2115Z++ Sun, 0900-2200Z++ hol.
RSTD Afld rstd to F/W acft capable of descents at or abv 5.5 GS. PPR. Rpt LDA for Rwys 10 and 28 is 4327'.

Runway 10/28

4948 x 98 feet
1508 x 30 meters

Runway 10
True Heading 093.0
Latitude 51.505575
51° 30' 20.07" N
Longitude 0.044183
000° 02' 39.06" E
Elevation 16.0 feet
5 meters
Slope 0.0°
Landing Distance 4590 feet
1399 meters
Takeoff Distance 4948 feet
1508 meters
Displaced Threshold Length 358 feet
109 meters
Lighting System HIRL

Runway 28
True Heading 273.0
Latitude 51.504886
51° 30' 17.59" N
Longitude 0.065878
000° 03' 57.16" E
Elevation 17.0 feet
5 meters
Slope 0.0°
Landing Distance 4737 feet
1444 meters
Takeoff Distance 5358 feet
1633 meters
Displaced Threshold Length 211 feet
64 meters
Overrun Length 410 feet
125 meters
Overrun Surface SURFACE UNKNOWN.
Lighting System HIRL


Type ID Channel Freq Country State
NDB LCY - 322 United Kingdom -
Latitude Longitude Airport
51° 30' 15.66" N
000° 04' 03.01" E

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