London City Airport

We provide Air Traffic Control (ATC) services at 13 UK airports. At London City Airport we provide tower and engineering services.

Tower Services

This is an ATC service provided for the airport and surrounding airspace. The controllers will look out of the tower windows, as well as at the ATC equipment, to give aircraft clearance to taxi, take-off and land.


An engineering team, based at the airport, are responsible for maintaining air traffic control services, such as radar and the Instrument Landing System (ILS).

The Operation: 2019

The current tower opened in 1987 and NATS has been providing an ATC service since then.

  • Flights: 84,260 (+4% on 2018)
  • Passengers: 5m (+6% change on 2018)
  • Busiest ranking: 10th—UK’s busiest airport (flights)

Annual flight movements (historical)



All of the destinations are within Europe with the exception of flights to New York.

  • Furthest direct route travelled to: Santorini
  • Most travelled to destination: Amsterdam
  • Airports served: 47

The Airport

London City's new digital tower service will go live in 2019, as the existing 'traditional' control tower reaches the end of its operational lifespan.

  • Height of tower: 15.5m
  • 1 Runway1: 1,199m x 30m

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