This Sunday, the ‘IFATC at Home’ feature of the Expert Server’s weekly ATC schedule will return. Us controllers will be manning airports at our home countries — all around the globe. As a United Kingdom (UK) resident, my options are various! But, I’ll be opening London City Airport. When people see I’ve been unfaithful and have run to London Heathrow for a few hours… mind your own business.
London City Airport (LCY/EGLC) is an airport opened in 1987 nestled in the UK’s capital. The single-runway field is just 7 miles from the City of London. A hub for BA Cityflyer, this airport is primarily one for business travellers; however, it does boast some beautiful touristy destinations.
I live in London. To translate for tourists: I live in the only city in the UK — sorry, not the UK. England. Owning two homes in London, I split my time between St. John’s Wood (which is closer to Heathrow) and East Ham. As I write this, I am in the latter, which is only a ten-minute drive away from City Airport. It is one of the only two airports I have ever flown out from in London (the other being Heathrow) and is one frequented by me when heading into Europe. Its convenience is unparalleled and so is its uniqueness. In a city desperate for space, right in the middle… an airport!
London City Airport Information
London is the capital of the UK. With six airports (Yes reader, I agree — London Southend?!) serving the city, London City Airport predominantly serves the business traveller market with direct transport links to Central London and the City of London. There is one two-storey terminal at the airport. With no jetbridges, all boarding is done via walk-boarding. The airport is served by Air Antwerp, Alitalia, Blue Islands, British Airways, Eastern Airways, KLM, Loganair, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Luxair, and Swiss Airlines. There is the capacity for GA operations (usually with privately-owned/chartered jets. The largest aircraft capable of operating at London City Airport is the Airbus A318 (used by British Airways for their London to New York — via Shannon, Ireland — route). There is a permanent TFR on the Expert Server detailing this.
The airport lays a few hundred metres from the newly-established NHS Nightingale built to handle the caseload of Covid-19 in London.
There is one runway (09/27) 4,900ft in length. The use of runway 27 requires a back taxi where aircraft can hold short after exiting onto a holding pad or takeoff immediately.
AIRPORT ELEVATION: 19ft MSL.
|09/27||4914 x 98 ft||094 or 274||23 ft||Asphalt|
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This hop over to the continent is an incredibly short one. It connects this single-runway airport to one massive six-runway operation…
Route: London City to Amsterdam or Amsterdam to London City
ICAOs: EGLC-EHAM or EHAM-EGLC
Flight Time: 1 hour
Equipment: British Airways Embraer E190 or KLM Embraer E190
One of the de facto capitals of the European Union — small Luxembourg is landlocked between France, Germany, and Belgium. This makes it a financial centre for Europe and this route connects the two economic hubs.
Route: London City to Luxembourg or Luxembourg to London City
ICAOs: EGLC to ELLX or ELLX to EGLC
Flight Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Equipment: Luxair Bombardier Dash-8 Q400
Has your holiday been ruined? Would you like to jet off to sunny Greece? Too bad. You can’t. Stay at home. But while you’re home, open up Infinite Flight and get to Skiathos, Greece!
Route: London City to Skiathos, Greece or Skiathos, Greece to London City
ICAOs: EGLC-LGSK or LGSK-EGLC
Flight Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
Equipment: British Airways Embraer E190
This route has adopted Concorde’s famous callsign: BA001 — or Speedbird 1. This incredible supersonic technological marvel lives on at London City Airport.
- Route: London City to New York (via Shannon, Ireland) or New York to London City (non-stop)
- ICAOs: EGLC-KJFK (via EINN) or KJFK-EGLC
- Flight Time: 8 hours 10mins
- Equipment: British Airways Airbus A318-100
The Covid-19 pandemic has hit London hard. As a resident of the city and someone who has been confirmed to have had the disease (and recovered), I can confirm this. A temporary 4,000-bed hospital has been made opposite London City Airport at the London ExCel Centre — NHS Nightingale. The airport’s proximity to the hospital and its centrality to London means it is used by the military to ferry supplies to the hospital and city.
Route: Anywhere to London City
ICAOs: Anywhere to EGLC
Flight Time: N/A
Equipment: RAF Lockheed Martin C130J
Check out this video on Twitter of a C130J landing at London City Airport here!
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Route: Anywhere to London City or London City to Anywhere
ICAOs: Anywhere to EGLC or EGLC to Anywhere
Flight Time: N/A
Equipment: Any generic-liveried aircraft, the Airbus Corporate Jet (A318-100), the Daher TBM-930, the Cessna Citation X, etcetera.
I’ll decide this much closer to the day. I have a very busy week ahead and, especially during the pandemic, my work often stretches into weekends — even though I work from home… It is entirely possible that, after saying now that I will open at 10:00 Zulu, I’ll still be fast asleep having been shattered.
On Sunday afternoon and evening (Zulu time), I will most definitely be controlling. Expect an update on Saturday afternoon (Zulu time) and, on Sunday, opening/closing messages.
The London Flyout
This Sunday, the fun doesn’t stop at London City Airport… or even London! Airports from Southampton to Edinburgh will be open for IFATC at Home, all a part of the London Flyout event!
These can be found at the thread reply below.
See you all this Sunday for IFATC at Home!