As the Easter getaway begins, London City Airport is working closely with Transport for London (TfL) to mitigate some of the impact on passengers caused by the 48-hour Docklands Light Railway (DLR) strike.
Thanks to contingency plans, TfL has been able to operate reduced services since approximately 07.00AM between Canning Town and London City Airport DLR stations, enabling many of the airport’s passengers to get to and from the airport with relative ease, connecting with the Jubilee line at Canning Town.
These reduced services will end at approximately 16.00, after which buses on the 474 route will run every 7 minutes between the airport and Canning Town, with a journey time of approximately 25 minutes. The number 473 bus also runs between the airport and Stratford, taking 40 minutes.
It is expected that a similar level of service on the DLR will operate on Thursday between Canning Town and London City Airport.
The airport is open as normal with a full schedule of flights operating, with Thursday 29 March anticipated to be the busiest day of the long weekend, with around 18,000 passengers expected to travel.
Robert Sinclair, CEO of London City Airport, said: “Our priority is to make sure passengers can get to and from the airport with minimum disruption over these busy couple of days. TfL’s ability to operate some reduced DLR services in spite of the strike has helped significantly, and we have extra staff on hand to provide travel information.
“Our strong advice to passengers is still to allow plenty of extra time if you are travelling, especially after 4.00pm or catching an early flight on Thursday. I also wish to thank passengers for their patience if arriving by road, with routes busier than usual.”