It's Better to Travel than Arrive?

"To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive"

Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque, 1881.

"Robert Louis Stevenson speaks utter tosh and has

obviously never flown long haul economy class"

Kristy, first ever blog post, 2011.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

London City Airport

We're safely back at home for a week, and this time we flew out of London on British Airways from London City Airport.  I mostly fly to the UK with Ryanair and land at London Stanstead, which is a lot bigger, but further away from town.


London City Airport

I've never flown from London City before, and it's lovely.  I'm guessing it mostly gets used by business flyers as it's not terribly big, is very clean and the staff are actually, shock horror, friendly!  Yes, friendly airport staff - it's unheard of.

You can get out there on the tube/DLR, or a cab ride from Paddington is about 40 pounds.  I know 40 pounds sounds expensive, but you can fit 3 people in the cab with luggage, so that's not too bad.


London DLR Map

After you've cleared security there is a WH Smith, a book store, and a few cafes with sandwiches etc.  The prices for the food were absolutely bonkers, nearly twice what you'd pay anywhere else, so if you think you might want a snack at the airport, buy before you arrive.  Remember you can't take drinks through security.

The flight to Zurich only took just over an hour on a smallish plane (2x2 seating), but it was very roomy compared with what I've gotten used to on Ryanair - luxury!  They even came down the aisle with drinks and peanuts - for free!  Of course, with Ryanair, you get what you pay for, but it was lovely to have a change.

Anyway, I'd never even thought of flying through London City, but it was friendly, efficient, clean and stress free - I'll definitely do it again.


Friendly airport staff?  Surely some mistake!

1 comment:

  1. Really? They serve peanuts? Kinda nice to hear after all the hoopla of the no-peanuts-on-planes rule. Glad you experienced some friendly service as well!!


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