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First look at London City Airport’s new terminal – which will be FOUR TIMES the current size

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London City Airport has released the first images of how its new terminal building will look when it opens in 2022.

If you have been to City Airport recently you will have seen that construction work is already underway.  Most people don’t quite understand the sheer scale of the project, however.

The current terminal building covers 17,000 square metres.  Following completion of the building work, it will expand to 68,000 square metres.

Impressively, looking at the details I was sent, it still won’t have any dedicated airline lounges ….

Here is the new entrance:

As well as the terminal, the £500m building project includes a new taxiway and eight new aircraft stands.  This will allow an additional 30,000 flights per year.

Here is the new check-in area:

To quote:

“The River Thames … plays a role in the design concept, with the interior’s soft curving lines inspired by the fluidity of the river – from materials to the colour palette. The 21st century London theme will be reinforced by light features, art installations, graphic wall panels and furniture from the city’s abundant talent, with large format digital screens providing spaces for storytelling.  The spaces will provide the opportunity for collaboration with London talent, brands and events, and the airport is seeking partnerships to develop this content.”

This is the new entrance to the departures hall:

This will be your view as you exit security:

Before entering into the substantially expanded departure lounge:

Heading back into London, you will be greeted by an entirely new arrivals hall:

Lots to look forward to ….. we can only hope that the disruption between now and 2022 is manageable.


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Comments (55)

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  • Joe says:

    I couldn’t give a toss if the River Thames played a role in the design concept. If you can’t find space for a lounge somewhere in those 68,000 sq ft then it’s a second-class airport that will always be at the bottom of my list. Merry Xmas. 😀

  • BlueThroughCrimp says:

    Is there a connection channel in the plans?

  • Lady London says:

    Like most good offers I missed it completely….. Sigh!!

    Perhaps I could offer the first ON-Topic post today?

    I’m surprised London City Airport has not provided for lounges if they’re expanding so much. Surely Lounges are a big revenue-earner in fees paid by the Lounges to airports as well as making the airports more attractive to passengers to choose to fly out of?

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