28/06/2012 05:30 BST | Updated 28/06/2012 12:38 BST

Emirates Air Line: Cable Car Spanning London's River Thames Opens To Public (PICTURES)

The UK's first urban cable car service, spanning the River Thames in London, opens to the public on Thursday.

The crossing, sponsored by Dubai-based airline Emirates, is between the ExCeL exhibition centre and the O2 arena at Greenwich in south London.

The system can carry up to 2,500 people per hour in each direction and will operate every day.

Known as the Emirates Air Line, the facility will cost £3.20 for a single fare for those using Oyster cards, while adults paying by cash will have to fork out £4.30.

The cars run between the ExCeL centre and the O2 arena, formerly the Millenium Dome

There will also be special "frequent flyer" deals for regular users.

London mayor Boris Johnson said: "This spectacular new addition to London's skyline will provide a much-needed new river crossing in the east of our great city.

"It will open up access to jobs in the Royal Docks enterprise zone and attract businesses and investors to a previously under-exploited area."