London International Airport
The London International Airport is 9.3 miles northeast of the city of London, Ontario, Canada. It is an airport of entry to Canada and has staff from the Canada Border Services Agency. The airport handles both passenger and cargo aircraft.
In 1939, when the airport was built, it was outside the city of London. Today, it is inside the city limits. Originally, it was an air base commanded by the Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Pilots from the British Commonwealth and former British colonies trained at the airport, and there is a Royal Canadian Air Force Canadair T-33 airplane mounted in front of the main terminal to honour the veterans.
The main terminal was completely renovated to accommodate increased passenger numbers. The work was completed in 2003. There is a shuttle service available for passengers who need to reach Toronto Pearson International Airport for connecting flights.
All of the passenger facilities are on the ground floor of the terminal building. There are three restaurants and two bars in the airport. Wheelchairs should be requested directly from the airline counters. There is no airport staff to assist people in or around the terminal building. Service animals should be taken to the grass areas outside the terminal building and by the parking lots when they need relieving. The washrooms are wheelchair accessible and have special stalls, angled mirrors, and lower sinks.
The airport has counters for four car rental companies. They offer luxury cars, mini vans, SUVs, and other models. There are also vehicles that are especially equipped for disabled persons. The car rental company needs 48 hours advance notice for this service.
There is paid Wifi throughout the airport and Ethernet connections are available in the departure lounges. Wifi can be purchased on an hourly, weekly, or monthly basis. There is a business centre in the departures lounge, which has office space, Ethernet, Wifi, telephones, and power outlets. There are no fax or photocopy services.
The airport also offers a limousine service at the north end of the terminal building. It is a cost effective alternative to a taxi and is ready 24 hours a day.
Corporate and private charters are available in the airport. Private luxury jets as well as efficient Turbo Props are available as well as air ambulances. The airport cargo infrastructure is open 24 hours for local as well as international cargo needs. Canada Customs is also on site 24 hours. Security at the airport is in conjunction with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority and the Canada Border Services Agency.
Parking at the London Airport
Parking is across from the terminal building. There are special access places in the area closest to the terminal building. Short-term and long-term parking are located in the main parking lot. The spaces are clearly marked. Long-term passengers can take a ticket and park in a specified long-term place and pay when they leave.
Special pick-up and drop-off places are directly in front of the terminal building about half way between the arrivals and departures doors. The red revolving doors can be slowed down by pushing a red button to make them wheelchair accessible. The airport requests that people dropping off or picking up passengers in front of the terminal building should not leave their cars unattended. If they would like to go inside the terminal, they should use the parking lot.
A new parking lot that is adjacent to the terminal loop is a place where drivers can wait until the people they are meeting have arrived. The passenger can use their cell phone to call or SMS the driver. It takes one to two minutes to reach the front of the terminal from the Cell Waiting Lot.