London City Airport is one of the six international airports serving the British capital. Situated in the Newham London Borough, about 7 miles away from the City of London, it was developed between 1986 and 1987 by Mowlem, an engineering company. At the moment, it is owned by Global Infrastructure Partners and AIG Financial Products Corp. The only runway currently in use measures 1500 m in length.
London City Airport is used each year by more than 3 million passengers. It is the 5th busiest airport in London, after Luton, Stansted, Gatwick and Heathrow. There are plans to expand the airport to accommodate 8 million passengers each year by 2030. The wester pier is due to be upgraded, while improved lounges and departure gates will be added. The baggage handling area and international arrivals section will also undergo refurbishment.
For now, there are 15 gates, self-service Kiosks for a number of European airlines (Swiss International Airlines, Luxair, Lufthansa, British Airways, Air France) and 17 check-in desks.
The busiest time of the year for the London City Airport is the winter, because of the high number of passengers travelling to ski resorts. Otherwise, the airport is famous for business travel. The airport features a free Wi-Fi connection and a left luggage facility, change bureau, taxi and information desks, cafés, restaurants and shops.