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London City Airport Parking

You can save a great deal on parking at London City Airport by pre-booking with Purple Parking. We can arrange off-airport parking at a reasonable and competitive price with our parking partners Saphire Trio Meet & Greet who are located just 2 miles away from the airport terminal.

They provide secure parking at their car park, but with the convenience of dropping your car off at the airport terminal.

London City Airport is situated in the heart of London Docklands just 6 miles east of the City of London and is easily accessible by car. The airport can be found on the A1020 which can be accessed from the A13.

To get a Purple Parking quote or to book Saphire Trio Meet & Greet, please complete the form above and then click "Get My Quote".

Parking Services at London City Airport

At London City Airport, Purple Parking offers a Meet & Greet service operated by:

Simply drive yourself to London City Airport’s Short Stay car park where you will be met by a chauffeur from Saphire Trio Meet & Greet. The chauffeur will collect your vehicle and take it to their secure car park just 2 miles away, where it will stay for the duration of your trip. When you return, call the car park as soon as possible after landing and a chauffeur will be waiting to hand your vehicle back to you once you have cleared the airport terminal.

Facilities at London City Airport

London City Airport provides a small range of facilities for business and leisure travelers.

Business Facilities - London City Airport offers complimentary Wi-Fi access to all passengers.

Leisure Facilities - London City's terminal has a small range of shopping and eating facilities with food outlets accessible both in arrivals and departures before security and more in departures after security. There are also cash facilities, complimentary shoe shine, foreign currency exchange, left baggage, lost property, telephones, toilets and trolleys available throughout the terminal.

Internet Facilities - You can find public access internet desks in the Departure Lounge. They all offer secure high-speed pay-as-you-go surfing. Accessing vital information via your handheld device couldn't be easier. London City's mobile website provides you with all the vital travel information you require quickly. London City Airport also offers complimentary Wi-Fi access to all passengers.

Facilities For Disabled Passengers – London City Airport welcomes passengers with reduced mobility or special requirements. They provide services and assistance including:

  • Toilets adapted for disabled or incapacitated customers on the Terminal concourse, in the Departure Lounge and in International Arrivals
  • Hearing point
  • Lift access from the concourse ground floor to the Departures level, and from the Departure pier to the apron for passenger boarding

London City Airport has a dedicated team to help passengers with reduced mobility from the moment they arrive. The team undergoes continuous training and has the latest equipment to help make the passenger experience as smooth and trouble free as possible. You can book this assistance through your airline or contact Customer Services on 020 7646 0000/88 or email for further information.

First Aid facilities are available during Terminal opening hours. The First Aid room is located adjacent to the toilets on the Terminal concourse. For assistance please contact the Customer Services team on 020 7646 0092 or

About London City Airport

London City Airport (LCY) is the 5th busiest of London's six main airports and is the UK's 15th busiest in terms of numbers of passengers. It is located in the heart of London Docklands and is just 6 miles east of the City of London.

In 2011, London City Airport handled 2.9 million passengers, an annual increase of more than 7.5%.

Primarily used by business travellers because of its close location to London's financial district and the Canary Wharf development, the airport now also caters for additional leisure travellers by offering routes to European ski holiday destinations during the winter months.

LCY offers domestic flights within the UK and international flights to destinations in Europe.

The History of London City Airport

The airport was first proposed in 1981 by the newly formed London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC) that was responsible for the regeneration of the area. The proposal was discussed with John Mowlem & Co plc and the idea of an airport for Docklands was born. By November of that year Mowlem and Brymon Airways had submitted an outline proposal to the LDDC for a Docklands STOLport city centre gateway.

On 27 June 1982 Brymon Airways landed a de Havilland Canada Dash 7 aircraft on Heron Quays, in the nearby West India Docks, in order to demonstrate the feasibility of the STOLport project. Later that year the LDDC published a feasibility study, an opinion poll amongst local residents showed a majority in favour of the development of the airport, and Mowlem submitted the application for planning permission.

After planning inquiries and the failure of a court case brought by the Greater London Council in 1985 opposing the development, detailed planning permission for the airport was granted in early 1986.

Construction began on the site shortly after permission was granted, with Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales laying the foundation stone of the terminal building, on 2 May 1986. The first aircraft landed on 31 May 1987, with the first commercial services operating from 26 October 1987. Queen Elizabeth II officially opened London City Airport in November of the same year.

In 1988, the first full year of operation, the airport handled 133,000 passengers. The earliest scheduled flights were operated to and from Plymouth, Paris, Amsterdam and Rotterdam. With a runway of only 1,080 m (3,543 ft) in length, and a glideslope of 7.5 degrees (for noise abatement reasons), the airport could only be used by a very limited number of aircraft types, principally the Dash 7 and the smaller Dornier Do 228. In 1989, the airport submitted a planning application to extend the runway, allowing the use of a larger number of aircraft types.

In 1990 the airport handled 230,000 passengers, but the figures fell drastically after the Gulf War and did not recover until 1993, when 245,000 passengers were carried. By this time the extended runway had been approved and opened (on 5 March 1992). At the same time the glideslope was reduced to 5.5 degrees, still steep for a European airport, but sufficient to allow a larger range of aircraft, including the BAe 146 regional jet liner, to serve the airport. By 1995 passenger numbers reached half a million, and Mowlem sold the airport to Irish businessman Dermot Desmond. Five years later passenger numbers had climbed to 1,580,000, and over 30,000 flights were operated.

In 2002 a jet centre catering for corporate aviation was opened, as well as additional aircraft stands at the western end of the apron. In 2003 a new holding point was established at the eastern end of the runway, enabling aircraft awaiting takeoff to hold there whilst other aircraft landed. On 2 December 2005, London City Airport DLR station opened on a branch of the Docklands Light Railway, providing rail access to the airport for the first time, and providing fast rail links to Canary Wharf and the City of London. By 2006, more than 2.3 million passengers used London City Airport.

In October 2006, the airport was purchased from Dermot Desmond by a consortium comprising insurer AIG Financial Products Corp. and Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP). In the final quarter of 2008 GIP increased its stake in the airport to 75%, the remaining 25% belonging to Highstar Capital. London City Airport was granted planning permission to construct an extended apron with four additional aircraft parking stands and four new gates to the east of the terminal in 2001. Work is now completed, with the four new stands and gates operational as of 30 May 2008. They are carried on piles above the water of the King George V Dock.