London City Airport

I still get a childish kick out of the idea of an airport in a city and this one really is just a few minutes away from the towers of Canary Wharf. London is such a mess and its planning system is completely useless: somehow, despite this, it manages to have five airports, four of which are directly accessible by rail. At the same time, not one of the five is really fit for purpose and the argument about the location of the next runway or terminal building is unending. I used this airport a lot (as part of my job) when it first opened. Back then it wasn’t connected to the DLR and arriving here by cab was very much like arriving at a hotel. For a very short while there was even a doorman. As a rule if a London station has the word London in its name this indicates a mainline station and this is a useful way to distinguish the mainline station from the associated Underground station. Obviously London Bridge is an exception to this rule and now you know London City Airport is the other exception.  The station opened in 2005 and was really the main reason for building this branch of the DLR.

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