London City Airport (LCY) is my absolute favourite of all the airports serving London. It’s small (getting through it is a breeze) and well-connected to the City (via the efficient Docklands Light Rail). One of the highlights for me of flying a flight to London City Airport are the fantastic view of London that can be viewed during the approach or after take-off. All flights from the European continent approach the airport via the Thames estuary, then loosely follow the Thames river to the London Docklands, where the airport is located. Strict noise restrictions mean that planes have to maintain a certain altitude before descending to land. At a certain point, the plane more or less ‘brakes’ in mid-air, sending the plane into a steep descent – it really feels like a nose-dive!
An alternative approach to London City Airport takes the plane over central London – the views over London are stupendous. You’ll be able to see Heathrow airport, Wembley stadium, and over central London, you’ll be treated to views of Hyde Park, the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye and the skyscrapers of the City and Canary Wharf.
I love the take-offs from LCY too. As the runway is short, the pilots always put the brakes on at the start of the runway while they rev-up the engines. When they release the brakes, the ‘catapult’ action is sensational! The views of the curly Thames river, Tower Bridge and The City of London were gorgeous.
See other ‘Plane Views’ articles:
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- Mt. Vesuvius, Italy
- Putrajaya, Malaysia
- Mallorca, Spain
- Millau, France
- Bora Bora, French Polynesia
- Santiago to Punta Arenas, Chile
- Perth, Western Australia
- Sydney Harbour, Australia
- Vancouver to Portland, OR