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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  2. BA-Flyer says:

    So according to Sadiq Khan, London has toxic air pollution, and a third runway at LHR would be a disaster, but an extra 30,000 flights at LCY is ok.

    • Laineyling says:

      Would also be interested in how they plan to control noise pollution and whether the airport would continue to be shut over part of the weekend.

      • flyforfun says:

        The weekend shut down will continue. I don’t think there is anything they can do to remove that given the proximity to residences.

        It was intersting to note over the summer that locals perceived their to be a greater number of flights, but stats showed that there wasn’t. What was more likely was that due to the longer warm period they had their doors and windows open for longer.

    • It’s was ‘Boorish’ Johnson who tried to block any expansion at LCY durring his tenure. These London mayors know nothing!

    • Well he’s wrong about LHR anyway, but also LCY is completely different. The problem with LHR is all the freight and too many passengers turn up in diesel-powered vehicles, whereas LCY barely has any freight and most passengers use the DLR.

      • …and of course the freight is then moved from LHR on electric lorries with windmills on the roof ;).

    • Lady London says:

      Yes that makes sense for Sadiq Khan to say that. isn’t London City Airport in Tower Hamlets Borough which is regarded as particularly eligible for commercial development or something?

  3. Loving the new look of LCY…hope it doesn’t come at the detriment of the ease of travel and efficiency of the airport!

  4. Jonathan says:

    LCY is the best London airport as you can whizz through it in 10 minutes, when boarding and exiting. These plans will inevitably extend this. 👎🏻

    • Southend much better than LCY in terms of queuing in my experience. Although we still prefer flying from LCY as we get there quicker with the DLR

      • thehornets says:

        I flew out of Southend on Wednesday. It is 100 steps from the station to the front door (just like London City) and then it took no more than 5 minutes to get from the front door to the departure gates. It’s excellent.

        However, there were only 3 flights departing that evening. Unfortunately I cannot see how that is sustainable.

  5. “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.”

    More advertising.

    • Indeed 🙂

    • flyforfun says:

      Yes. Canary Wharf Tube station is a prime example of this. The wonderful space of the ticket hall has been destroyed with 2 massive in your face screens blasting out ads. They had to turn the brightness down on some of them due to complaints from people! Pity the poor tube staff working there having to endure constantly changing light for hours.

    • Lady London says:

      I have to say I too thought that a perfect example of complete and utter tosh.

  6. RakishDriver says:

    Any sign of planned lounge(s) ?

    • Shoestring says:

      Article says no but you can bet that means ‘not yet’ – they will have left spaces that can in future be used for lounges.

      • Proof?

        • A BA employee told me today that there may well be something happening ….

          However, as on some flights it seems that virtually all BA passengers are CE or have status, I’m not sure how that will work. Perhaps City opens a lounge with paid catering for non-status passengers and everyone else gets to roam the terminal eating for free 🙂

        • TGLoyalty says:

          I’m sure most of those status passengers are looking to pass through ASAP and the lounge would be used by mostly leisure travellers which there are probably far less of at LCY

    • Colin JE says:

      I do hope so, but lounges would probably bump up the cost of BA flights from LCY which currently are often cheaper than LHR?

  7. Stephen Payne says:

    I still remember the pleasure it was using LCY when it first opened. I could leave the home on the Isle of Dogs 40 minutes before my flight. Drive there in 15 minutes. Park the car outside the terminal for £5, check on and walk straight onto my flight to AMS or Rotterdam. Happy days.

  8. I hope it doesn’t become so big or complex that it requires conformance… just a few weeks ago, after getting stuck on a broken DLR train, I arrived at LCY two minutes after my flight to ZRH should have taken off. I ran through departures and security, and made it to the gate before boarding had finished… and I wasn’t even the last one to board.

  9. 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. 😀

  10. BlueThroughCrimp says:

    Is there a connection channel in the plans?

  11. 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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