London City Airport (LCY)
London City Airport (LCY) is the most centrally located London airport, situated 7 miles east of the City of London. The airport’s location was specifically designed to be close to the financial heart of London, focussing in particular on business travellers.
London City Airport was opened in 1987 and in the first year of operation handled 133,000 passengers. Growth in the early 1990s was slow but under new management the number of passengers using the airport had grown to over 1.5 million by the year 2000. As of 2017 that figure was over 4.5 million.
In 2005, a station was opened at the airport, served by the Docklands Light Railway. This provides speedy access to the financial district and the rest of London.
London City Airport has a single runway and terminal and is fairly restricted in size due to its centrality. As a result, the runway has a fairly steep approach angle which limits the types of aircraft that can use it. Airlines fly almost exclusively to European destinations.