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31 May 2011

Watch the planes at London City Airport

Your author invented a reason why he had to go on a long cycle ride around East London yesterday, and was, for a few minutes, captivated by the spectacle of aeroplanes taking off and landing on the strip of concrete between Royal Albert Dock and King George V Dock, at City Airport.

From the dockside at the University of East London‎'s Docklands Campus there is an excellent view towards the runway, and also to Canary Wharf and the Millennium Dome, as well as other East London landmarks, and it offers a fantastic view of the Short Take Off and Landing aircraft which use the strip, as they come in to land, or fire up to take off.

City Airport was first proposed in 1981, and it wasn't until 31st May 1987 that the first aeroplane landed on the runway which now sees around 68,000 aircraft movements a year, and nearly 2.8 million passengers.

For more on City Airport, see http://www.londoncityairport.com/


  1. I ocasionally worked in an office in Dock Road at one end of the water so the planes flew overhead all the time.
    I found it quite thrilling to see. Planes look very beautiful in the air.
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  2. London City Airport Fun Day & Air Show takes place 1.30-6pm on Saturday 2 July opposite the runway at the Royals Business Park between Prince Regent and Royal Albert DLR stations. Sounds worth a visit and seems to be free.