Question on LCY-AMS

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  1. manfromkrypton
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    manfromkrypton Silver Member

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    Hi All -

    will be in london for a few weeks, and doing LCY-AMS for a two day trip on BA CityFlyer. Never done LCY before - anyone have any feedback on what to expect for dept/arr, or if you have links to articles/trip reports of that nature that can give me some idea about what to expect?

    One question I had was - do you clear immigration on the AMS side or on the LCY side? Someone mentioned there was no immigration hall at LCY, but couldnt find a lot of info about it.

    Thanks
     
  2. rwoman
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    LCY is fairly small and it's easiest to access LCY via the DLR line.

    You will clear immigration in AMS when entering the Netherlands and in LCY when returning to London.

    :)
     
  3. Globaliser
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    When you depart, aim to make the most of the short minimum check-in times, because once you pass security there is very little on offer. No airline lounges, and the waiting area can get quite crowded at busy times of the day. If you are very interested in sitting to watch apron and runway activity, it is possible to camp there at a spot looking out of the windows and entertain yourself for a bit that way, but otherwise a long wait at LCY is just a long wait with little to redeem itself.

    If you're using the DLR with a pay-as-you-go Oyster card, don't forget to touch out when you get off the DLR on arrival at the airport, and to touch in when you return. The machines are on the ground floor (not at platform level), but are not that easy to spot - and when you're concentrating on getting to your flight, it's easy to forget to do this.
     
  4. drdubs
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    If you do find yourself arriving at LCY earlier than needed, you'll find there is free wi-fi throughout the terminal. Other than that, the best way to kill time is to grab a spot at the windows overlooking the runway and watch the traffic coming and going.

    Assuming you are a non-EU citizen, you'll be pleasantly surprised with the wait for immigration on the way back into LCY. Make sure to stay to the right as you approach immigration and should be able to bypass most of the line. Since nearly all flights arriving into LCY are from EU destinations, the line for non-EU citizens is almost always very short.
     
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  5. redtailshark

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    Don't give away the secret for short queueing times at LCY for non-EU nationals!!!

    LCY is my favorite airport in the UK. The runway views are even better than the ones at the old AF LHR T2 lounge, the access from DLR is quick and easy, and the airport runs smoothly. They're on a tight schedule and can't afford to f$ up anything because of the single runway/zero surplus ramp area and the efficiency shows. In several ways this is Coe's airport - an example of how the UK can, very occasionally, run things efficiently.

    I always wondered whether the LX/LH influence at this airport shaped the service culture/ambience. It's a million miles from the stale pork pie ambience of LHR T1 or T4, with the crappy hanging ceilings as you disembark..... welcome to the UK, yeah. Better at LCY by far.
     
  6. PhotoJim

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    I connected via LCY on a ZRH-GLA trip in '07. It's a small airport. We had to clear Customs at LCY and managed to do so, make it through security and be at our gate in less than half an hour, which is quite something in London.
     

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