This Is What The 'New' London City Airport Will Look Like

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This Is What The 'New' London City Airport Will Look Like

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View of London City Airport exterior c.2022 looking north east

These mock-up images show what London City Airport will look like in 2022, following a drastic £500m transformation.

Entrance to Departures via escalator with large-format digital screen
Rest area shortly after Security for passengers

The original 1987 terminal will be overhauled and extended, with new terminal facilities (some built above the water of existing docks), eight new aircraft stands and a parallel taxiway, next to the runway. There will also be new shops, restaurants, bars, which the airport says, will "showcase the best of the city to the airport's increasingly wide range of business and leisure passengers."

The new entrance to the terminal
A new dedicated Arrivals Hall

The existing airport was built to accommodate around one million passengers annually, but is now on brink of welcoming five million passengers for the first time.

New Departures area with more than double the provision of shops, restaurants and facilities to cater for increasing passengers. Airside seating options will increase 75%
The new entrance to the terminal if arriving by Docklands Light Railway. It expected that public transport use to and from the airport will increase to 75% following transformation

Robert Sinclair, CEO of London City Airport, said: "Through our transformation programme, we have a blank canvas and a great opportunity to provide our passengers with an airport experience that truly reflects modern London, the greatest city in the world.

"We also welcome millions of visitors to London every year and we want to create an unforgettable first and last impression of the city, showcasing the very best of the capital and demonstrating it is open for business and thriving."

View of London City Airport exterior c.2022 looking north west
New gate lounge inspired by London fashion. Each gate lounge will be spaces that can showcase London’s creative energy

Back in 2015, then-Mayor of London Boris Johnson rejected the airport's expansion plans, citing an "unacceptable increase in noise for east Londoners". However, the plans were later green-lit by the government.

A new, larger international Baggage Hall on the ground floor
Arrivals leading to Docklands Light Railway with trains to Bank in 21 mins, Canary Wharf in 13 mins and Stratford in 20 mins

Transformation works are already under way at the airport.

New Check In area with circa 25 desks and the latest technology for bag drop and self-service
Entrance to new expanded Security area on first floor with nine new search lanes

All images © London City Airport/The Design Solution

Last Updated 20 December 2018