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Check-in & bag drop

Get ready to check in online or in person, tag your bags and take off

Follow these guidelines to get your trip off to a smooth start. You can check in online or in person up to 2 hours before your scheduled departure time.

Check in online

Save time and check in via your airline’s website – you can usually do this 24-48 hours before your flight departs. You can print your boarding pass at home or download a digital pass to board using your mobile phone. 

Check in at the airport

Check-in desks on the ground floor of our main terminal open 2 hours before your scheduled departure time. Please confirm the latest check-in time for your flight with the airline and allow plenty of time to get to (and through) the airport.

Self-service check-in kiosks are outside the airport entrance, next to the DLR station. Passengers for LOT Polish Airlines can get bag tags here too.

Bag drop

Lufthansa and Swiss passengers can use the Express Bag Drop in the middle of our main terminal.

British Airways has a dedicated self-service bag tag area, just inside the main terminal entrance.

After tagging your bag, just go to one of the Bag Drop desks. The whole process usually only takes a minute!

Large items

If you plan to check in bigger items, such as ski equipment, check your airline’s guidelines.

British Airways and Lufthansa passengers should check in as normal, in line with these airlines’ policies.

Overnight Bag Drop

Sleep tight, travel light! Bid adieu to luggage worries with overnight service, available for British Airways, KLM and Luxair. You can now drop off your bags form 4pm the day before, for flights departing London City Airport on or before 10:00am the next day.

  • Head to your airlines bag drop desk at LCY.

  • Show your boarding pass, passport, visas and other travel documents, including health tests required for the journey

  • Liquids and gels only allowed in containers of up to 100ml in hand luggage

  • You can also drop bags for others travelling with you, as long as they’re on the same booking and you can show their passports and travel documents.


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