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New Look For LCY

PASSENGERS USING London City Airport will benefit from a number of improvements from this month with completion of work within the single terminal building.

This includes an additional 250 seats in the departure lounge, a new lounge featuring high-speed internet points and live sports screens, enhanced retail outlets and a concept bar.

Also from the beginning of May, a dozen Common User Self-Service (CUSS) check-in kiosks will enable passengers to check themselves in for flights with airlines including, VLM, KLM and Swiss.

Outside, a major £30 million construction project has seen the number of aircraft parking stands increase from 14 to 18.

The docklands airport, which last year handled a record 2.9 million passengers, currently serves 33 UK and European destinations.

Lufthansa added Berlin Tegel in January and British Airways launched the first of a raft of new services from London City at the end of March with flights to Nice. On May 6, it introduces links to Amsterdam, Barcelona and Warsaw, and on June r it launches a three-times-a-day service to Dublin.

Next year BA has plans for an all-Business Class service to New York, using an Airbus A318. Due to the airport's configuration, the airline will be able to offer a 15-minute check-in for the transatlantic service.