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Discover New York

Skyscrapers dwarf the avenues below, and the sidewalks thrum with life day and night.


The clichés about New York are true – but that's just the surface. Alongside the iconic buildings, the city’s neighbourhoods are home to people and influences from around the globe; it's the diversity in everything that makes the Big Apple so uniquely exciting.

Flying to New York

Direct flights from London City Airport to New York JFK have made travelling between two of the most important global business centres almost as easy as stepping off the DLR. New York’s largest airport, JFK serves the city and New Jersey, and is in touching distance of Brooklyn and Queens. It’s also just 40 minutes to Penn Station in the heart of Manhattan. For more information about flying directly to New York JFK from London, read on.

Flying from London City Airport to New York JFK: Q&A

Take a look at some of the answers to some of the most common questions about flights from London City Airport to New York JFK. Even if you’ve flown this route before, it could save you time.

How long is the flight from London to New York JFK?

It takes around eight hours to fly directly from London City Airport to New York JFK. You can reach London City Airport by taking the DLR from Bank Station, which will get you directly to the airport in around 20 minutes. On arrival in New York, you can take a taxi or catch the AirTrain, which runs 24 hours a day. Change onto the subway and you can be in Manhattan in less than 40 minutes.

How many flights a week are there from London City Airport to New York JFK?

There is usually one flight from London City Airport to New York JFK every evening of the week except Saturdays. Check the LCY–JFK timetable for detailed information.

What airlines fly most frequently between London City Airport and New York JFK?

If you fly directly from LCY to New York JFK, you’ll be flying with British Airways, on one of its specially operated Club World flights. As this route is primarily aimed at business travellers, there are plenty of luxuries included, such as bedding from The White Company, in-seat iPads and lots of legroom.

Practical information about flying from London to New York JFK

Naturally you’ll need your passport to fly from London to New York, but you’ll also need to have the right entry documentation. Much of the time you can travel visa-free with an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) form – but you still need to complete the application process. There are various criteria, though it’s fairly straightforward; you can find out all about the USA’s Visa Waiver Program (VWP) on the US embassy site.

What to expect in New York

New York is without doubt the most iconic city on the planet. Travelling here on business will likely take you to some of the most famous financial and business headquarters in the western world, but step outside and you’ll get a feel for this incredible city and its unique inhabitants everywhere you go. Pick up a slice of pizza or head to one of New York’s hundreds of acclaimed fine dining restaurants to taste a melting pot of cultures. Head to a ball game (basket or base, your choice) for some sports excitement, or jog around Central Park for lush greenery in the heart of the city. From downtown Manhattan’s imposing high-rise skyline to Harlem’s neighbourhood diners, there is nowhere else like it.