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The only airport actually in London, London City Airport is just two miles from the site of the 2012 Olympic Games; three miles from Canary Wharf and six miles from the City of London. Passengers travelling to and from the airport enjoy fast transfers on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) with a journey time of 22 minutes to Bank and 14 minutes to Poplar (connecting to Canary Wharf).
The Airport’s location on the doorstep of London’s financial district is considered vital to business and plays an integral part in the growth of the UK’s capital city. London City Airport receives considerable support from the business community who recognise the convenient location and ease of use with faster check-in times than any other London airport.
London City Airport boasts the lower check-in times than any other airport in London.
The Departure Lounge at London City Airport utilises soft, warm materials including timber and polished limestone floors with marble surfaces and leather seating throughout.
By observing the needs of passengers, London City Airport has configured the departure lounge with numerous laptop plug-in points and complimentary Wi-Fi access. The lounge offers passengers an uncluttered environment where they can continue to work using smartphone devices or laptops, or relax in tranquility with the ‘silent departure lounge policy of no tannoy announcements or boarding calls.
In 2008 British Airways announced its first business-class only transatlantic service to New York on the Airbus A318. The new service launched in September 2009 and is the first ever transatlantic scheduled flight from London City Airport.
In May 2008 the airport completed the largest ever capital investment programme since first opening. Construction of four new aircraft parking stands with a connecting pier and gate lounges was finished. The 20,000 square metre stands were constructed on concrete piles over the King George V Dock, providing additional capacity for aircraft on the ground and significantly improving punctuality statistics. At the same time, the airport’s departure lounge was extended and refurbished, increasing passenger seating by 250. Common User Self Service (CUSS) kiosks were introduced in the terminal concourse and the outbound baggage handling facility was extended. The total investment by the airport’s shareholders in enhancing infrastructure at London City Airport in 2008 totals some £50 million.
In July 2009, the London Borough of Newham approved the airport’s planning application, increasing the number of permitted flight movements from 80,000 to 120,000 per annum. Throughout its history, the airport has been a catalyst for regeneration and employment in East London.
In September 2009 London City Airport announced a multi-million pound project to redevelopment its terminal and passenger search facility. The project will commence in early 2010 and will be completed in autumn 2010.
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Top 5 sights for first-timers
For magnificent views overToulonand coast, take the cable car up to Mont Faron. At the top is a zoo specialising in the conservation of big cats and a museum dedicated to the Allied landings in 1944. It’s also good walking country.
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As well as from Mont Faron,Toulon’s beautiful bay is best viewed from the sea. From May to October, hour-long boat trips pass the naval base (home to submarines andFrance’s immense aircraft carrier, Charles de Gaulle) and 17th-century military fortifications.
Port de Toulon
Musée National de la Marine
Housed in the former arsenal and accessed via a monumental doorway, this museum is one ofFrance’s five national museums dedicated to naval history. Apart from models of boats, there is an area dedicated to Vauban, the country’s celebrated 17th-century military engineer.
Place Monsenergue, Quai de Norfolk
The reason to visit the Musée d’Art is to see the collection of 19th-century Provençal art, which includes paintings by landscape specialists, Fauves and symbolists. Works range from the 15th to the 20th century and also encompass photography by the likes of Cartier-Bresson.
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Museum d’Histoire Naturelle de Toulon et du Var
As well as permanent exhibitions on the geology, archaeology, botany and zoology of the area, the museum holds temporary exhibitions on the biodiversity and ecosystems of the Var and beyond. Its palm-filled 19th-century garden is also worth a wander.
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Top 5 sights for old hands
About seven kilometres north of the airport, Hyères was the first resort on the French Riviera. TheOldTownhas a lovely square watched over by a Templar tower, and two gorgeous gardens, at Castel Sainte-Claire and 1920s modernist Villa Noailles, are atop the hill.
Musée des Arts Asiatiques
In Mourillon, a belle époque villa is home to an interesting collection of items from theFar East. The main theme is how Buddha influenced art, including temple sculptures fromTibetand ritual vases fromChina.
Villa Jules Verne, 169 littoral Frédéric Mistral
About 15 kilometres off the coast, this small island wasEurope’s first marine national park. As well as admiring the migratory birds, lush vegetation and 17th-century forts, snap on a snorkel and follow the underwater nature trail. A great place to get away from it all.
A tour of the naval base
Toulon’s little white tourist train takes visitors on a 45-minute tour of the naval base andOldTownfrom mid-April to mid-May and from June to mid-September. Expect to see warships, submarines and, if you’re lucky,France’s aircraft carrier. ID required aged 15 and above.
Port de Toulon
Opposite the beaches of Mourillon, this 19th-century garden is a lovely place for an evening stroll underneath the palm trees. Its south-facing aspect ensures the growth of many exotic trees and plants, and there’s a kids’ playground and a tennis court too.
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