I flew out of London City Airport for the first time last week and loved it. It will be my new go-to airport In London.
Although I don’t have any hostility against London Heathrow or Gatwick itself, I don’t fancy the long trips to reach them or the overcrowded lounges. My family lives near Tower Bridge, which is not a quick trip to either Victoria Station for the Gatwick Line or Paddington Station for the Heathrow Express. But via Uber, London City is only 15-20 minutes and about 15GBP away.
I booked out of City because I needed to get to Milan early but didn’t want to take a bus or Uber to Gatwick or Heathrow. The flight itself was a tad more expensive, but the reduced stress, less time, and cheaper transit costs made it more than worthwhile.
The airport is quite compact, with a central security checkpoint and then some eateries and shopping before a long corridor of gates. There are no jetbridges. There are no Priority Pass lounges. But there are some great views.
After clearing security (just as annoying as LHR and LGW with the liquids), I enjoyed a cappuccino before proceeding to my gate. On my way, I stopped to take several pictures. What a cool, compact airport.
Being Alitalia, the flight was of course delayed. Finally, we boarded via airstairs.
Nothing to share about the flight, though I did see some interesting planes we waited to takeoff.
My first experience with London City Airport was a good one. I hope to use it more often going forward.