On 26th October 1987 the first aircraft arrived at London City Airport located in the Royal Docks area of East London and a few days later on the 5th November the airport was officially opened.
Many things have changed over the 30 year period with airport growing in size and becoming much busier and the same has been true of East London with many, now familiar, landmarks and new developments appearing across the area.
Brymon Airways no longer exist but (via several changes in ownership and name) became part of Flybe who are one of the key operators at London City Airport today.
International operators include Alitalia, KLM, Lufthansa, Luxair and Swiss.
Other operators can also be seen, mainly franchise partners, as well as corporate jets.
As part of the 30th anniversary celebrations the airport also hosted a mass hot air balloon launch in connection with the Lord Mayor of London’s charity appeal. More pictures of that can been seen here.
As the Winter timetable starts the airport will see the return of VLM airlines with their Fokker 50’s and the new sight of Portuguese airline TAP with their Embraer 190s. A further airline, Powdair, is due to start ski flights to Switzerland in December.
Work will soon start on the new phase of development at London City which will include more aircraft stands and a parallel taxiway that will help ease congestion on the ground.
More photos of aircraft at LCY can be seen here.