London City Airport Is Quadrupling In Size And Here’s What It’ll Look Like

City Airport is getting a fresssssssssh new look.

London City Airport recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, but things at the terminal are getting a tad cramped. Designed to handle one million passengers a year, it’s anticipated that five million people will fly from the Docklands terminal in 2019. So they’re making a few changes…

The new departures hall has twice as many shops and restaurants.
The new departures hall has twice as many shops and restaurants.

In fact, they’re spending £500m over the next three years on a total transformation, building a brand new terminal that’s four times the size of the current building.

Each gate lounge celebrates a different aspect of London culture – like our fab fashion industry.
Each gate lounge celebrates a different aspect of London culture – like our fab fashion industry.

The current building will also be getting a major upgrade and, along with the new terminal, should be set to handle up to 7 million journeys each year, with an extra 30,000 flights using the airport.

Big new baggage claim. Claim-azing.
Big new baggage claim. Claim-azing.

The new design will include ‘light features, art installations, graphic wall panels and large format digital screens’ to give everything the sleek, sorta-sci-fi look you’d expect from a big new transport project.

The new arrivals hall with fancy mosaic underfoot.
The new arrivals hall with fancy mosaic underfoot.

There’ll be twice as many shops and restaurants to browse, and 75% more places to sit down and continuously check you haven’t lost your passport.

More of the new arrivals hall.
More of the new arrivals hall.

A new ‘pier’ of gates will provide eight extra spots for planes to board passengers from, and from next year there’ll be flights direct to Munich, Budapest, Vilnius, Warsaw, Newcastle and Split.

This is where you'll catch the DLR, taking you straight into town.
This is where you’ll catch the DLR, taking you straight into town.

Outside the airport, a new taxiway and digital control tower will handle the increase in flight traffic. The airport is currently served by British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Flybe, Aer Lingus and SWISS.

London City Airport New Terminal

The concept images have been created by London studio ‘The Design Solution’, with design director Kevin Patience describing it as: ‘a fluid-lined interior design encouraging passenger flow has been inspired by the River Thames, which is right on the airport’s doorstep.’

London City Airport 2

The redevelopment project is planned for completion in 2022, although, we all know how that can go. Scroll on for a few more choice pics of the new scheme.

A new check-in area.
A new check-in area.
This is what the entrance to the Departures area will look like.
This is what the entrance to the Departures area will look like.
The new security checkpoint for you to futz about with all your miniature liquids.
The new security checkpoint for you to futz about with all your miniature liquids.
The post-security bit where you hop around putting your shoes back on.
The post-security bit where you hop around putting your shoes back on.
London City Airport 9
The comfy new gate lounges.

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