London City Airport is a small airport with a single runway, located in Docklands in the eastern part of the city. It services business flights to central London. The airport only takes planes with short take-off and landing. LCY is one of the five international London airports. It became operational in 1987. It is planned to increase its passenger traffic to 8 million people a year.
The airport is not open round the clock. There are periods of time in which flights are not performed. Thus, the airport is closed at night and for 24 hours on weekends. It consists of only one terminal with 15 gates.
London City Airport is connected with such downtown areas as Canary Wharf and the City of London by light metro, joined to the urban underground. London City Airport DLR station is located near the terminal building. Besides, you can reach the city by buses number 473 and 474, going to the eastern part of the city. Just next to the exit of the terminal, there is a parking lot where you can easily take a taxi. Taxi and airport transfer service provide transport connection with the city.
In order to rent a car in LCY you should leave the terminal, since car rental offices are located next to it. Several major international car rental companies are situated on the territory of the airport. These are Avis, Budget, Europcar, and Hertz. Unfortunately, their offices do not operate round the clock. Their work schedule depends on flight timetables. You may book a vehicle beforehand through online services (for example, Scantri, etc.). You will only have to present your international driver license and your bank card at a car rental office.
Hertz's offices are found in immediate proximity to the short-term parking, next to the bus stop, and also in the long-term parking. Avis rental offices are located not only in the terminal opposite the baggage claim area, but also in the taxi stand. Budget and Europcar's car rental facilities are in the terminal building. Besides, there is Europcar's car rental office in the King George V Dock, where the company shuttle goes from the airport. The car can be returned either to the parking lot near the airport or to the place agreed under the contract.
The car-sharing service is provided in the airport. It operates through the application service DriveNow. A membership card is necessary to use the service. You may return a vehicle in the areas of DriveNow anywhere in the city or in the airport.