News > Media Centre

Latest news from London City Airport

Flight of Fancy

19/08/2014

• Brits would most like to fly with the Royal Family
• Sportsman v statesman – David Beckham tied with Winston Churchill
• UK & Italy most prudish when it comes to canoodling couples
• Brits least concerned about body odour

A survey for London City Airport has found that travelling Brits would love to sit next to a celebrity on a flight, but are easily annoyed by fellow passengers’ bad habits.

The airport near Canary Wharf in London’s Docklands asked 200 people who they would most like to find sitting next to them on an aeroplane, with the most popular answer being a member of the Royal Family. Kate Middleton is our favourite Royal, followed by Prince Harry, Prince William and The Queen.

Hollywood glamour old and new continues to impress us, with Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Johnny Depp and George Clooney all making the top ten, while David Beckham and Winston Churchill are tied in fourth place – both have led their country, in very different ways.

In contrast, respondents would least like to sit beside a person with body odour. Brits are less concerned about poor personal hygiene than our European counterparts – 48% of Brits chose body odour compared to 70% of the Swiss, 64% Spanish, 61% Italians and 53% of the Irish. However, we and our Irish neighbours are far less patient when it comes to naughty children – 27% of Brits and 20% of Irish said they’d least like to sit near a child kicking their chair, compared to just 11% of Swiss, 13% of Italian and 14% of Spanish respondents.

That’s amoré, but not on an aeroplane – Italy joined the UK as the most prudish country – with 5% of each saying they would least like to sit next to an amorous couple, while it would bother a mere 2% of the apparently more liberal Swiss and Spanish nations.

Surprisingly, the usually chatty Irish are the least keen on having to put up with a stranger trying to make conversation with them on a flight – 5% compared to just 3% of the Swiss.

A spokesperson for London City Airport, which commissioned the survey, said: “When 30,000ft up in the sky, we get pretty up close and personal with our fellow passengers and if you’re sitting next to somebody you’re not keen on it can make for a long flight. Consider those around you. We suggest that if you are ever lucky enough to find yourself jostling for the armrest with Kate Middleton, Prince Harry or David Beckham, make sure you’re smelling fresh, don’t fall asleep and keep chewing to a minimum!”

Top ten people Brits would most like to sit next to on a plane:

1) A member of the Royal Family (13.5%)
2) Marilyn Monroe (12.5%)
3) Elvis Presley (12.1%)
4) David Beckham (11.1%)
= Winston Churchill (11.1%)
6) Stephen Fry (10.6%)
7) Richard Branson (8.0%)
8) Nelson Mandela (7.5%)
9) Johnny Depp (7.0%)
10) George Clooney (6.5%)

Top five types of people Brits would least like to sit near to on a plane:

1) Person with body odour (48.2%)
2) Child kicking your chair (26.8%)
3) Person snoring (6.6%)
4) Amorous couple (5.2%)
5) Person eating loudly (4.0%)

Editors note

Notes to editor

  • Top ten and top five listed are results from survey of 200 UK respondents only.  
  • International results are from survey of 200 people in each of UK, Ireland, Italy, Spain and Switzerland.
  • Survey conducted by OnePoll for London City Airport.
  • London City Airport (LCY) is the only London airport situated in London itself, just three miles from Canary Wharf, seven miles from the City and 10 miles from London’s West End and linked to all via the Docklands Light Railway. Catering for around 3.4 million passengers (63% travelling on business) and 70,000 movements annually, this year LCY will celebrate 27 years of operation. LCY offers a unique rapid transit proposition – a short check in (door to lounge) of around 20 minutes, and a shorter arrival (tarmac to train) of around 15 minutes.  Ten airlines fly out of LCY, serving more than 40 destinations across Europe, as well as a twice-daily business class only service to New York. The airport has permission to increase its operation to 120,000 movements per annum – carrying 6 million passengers - which it intends to do by 2023. Further information about the airport and its services can be found at www.londoncityairport.com. 

 Media Contact:

Charlotte Beeching, External Communications Manager, London City Airport

Tel: 0207 646 0132

Email: charlotte.beeching@londoncityairport.com 

Search news stories

Get in touch.

For more on media relations.

For enquiries regarding specific flights, routes or aircraft please contact the airline directly.

Picture of Andrew

Andrew Scott
PR Manager

Tel: +44 (0)203 203 2497

Email Andrew directly >
Picture of Charlotte

Charlotte Beeching
Corporate Communications Director

Tel: +44 (0)207 646 0132

Email Charlotte directly >

Out of hours urgent media enquiries only: 07801 579 273 / 07747 103 884

Please note - the press office does not deal with marketing, advertising or sponsorship. Please contact the switchboard on 0207 646 0000/88 and ask for the relevant department.

LCY Tweets

@mrsluckman Sorry for the poor experience, we are working on bringing you more space in the coming months
@ASChaigneau We apologise, we are working on bringing you more space in the coming months.
@super_marek Sorry to read this, we're working on bringing you more space. Are you able to DM us with more info?
Good evening from LCY, let us know if you're flying through this bank holiday weekend #FlyLCY https://t.co/FPK0jw9oYu
@marielorimer Afternoon, did you mention to a member of staff? They would be happy to make changes if you're unhappy with your dish.
Another day with every kind of weather here at LCY, but at least today there's a rainbow! ☔️☀️❄️ https://t.co/DQ8uM2O0YD
@Don_R_Kebab Great shot!
@LiamFassam It's a bit grey over LCY at the moment isn't it?!
You can fly to Jersey from LCY with @BlueIslands on one of their 14 flights a week. Book now https://t.co/LCGNikK8Fe https://t.co/xEn4yDZXYi
Did you #guesstheplace it was Rome! @Alitalia fly from LCY once a day, book now https://t.co/xhHUy5brR8 https://t.co/MPNykly4g6
Good morning from LCY, let us know if you're flying off for the bank holiday weekend! #FridayFeeling https://t.co/RJCscGuVgl
@starryblackness Excellent we'll pass this on, did you happen to catch her name? Or could you let us know roughly the time you were there?
@stevemalaga Have a great flight!
@perevod1 Give BA a call on 0844 493 0787
@perevod1 unfortunately no keys handed in, we'll let you know if they turn up.
@Blueminiman We apologise for the poor experience with us and ask you to bear with us whilst we work to improve.
@Blueminiman Sorry to read this, we are working on bringing you more space with 600+ new seats coming soon.
@perevod1 We'll check with the team
RT @Labbetts: I spotted the apocalyptic cloud whilst landing at @LondonCityAir last night #Heathrow #lightning @standardnews https://t.co/v…
@Labbetts Wow what a shot!
Follow Us Facebook Twitter YouTube icon Youtube instagram icon Instagram

Sign up. For news on competitions, new routes and articles. Be the first to know with our newsletter.

Parking

Car parking pre-book online.

Save up to 60% >

Holiday

Book your holiday.

Click here now >

LCY icon

London City Airport

See all destinations >.

Sign up. For news on competitions, new routes and articles. Be the first to know with our newsletter:
Submit >