London City Airport says flights to resume shortly

Joanna Bourke
Flights to and from London City Airport were cancelled and the surrounding area is in lockdown: REUTERS

Flights will resume from London City Airport, popular with business passengers, for the first time in more than two months.

Flights were suspended from the Docklands airport in late March when the lockdown and travel restrictions came in.

The airport today said it will start welcoming passengers again by the end of June. It expects domestic flights will start first, with international routes to follow in early July. However, it said the exact timing may depend on the proposed quarantine of passengers arriving into the UK.

The industry is concerned a looming two-week quarantine period for anyone arriving in the UK will deter passengers from travelling.

More details on the restarting of commercial operations at London City Airport will be outlined soon, the airport said.

London City Airport said a range of steps have been taken to provide reassurance to passengers including installing temperature checking technology both on departure and arrival.

Staff have been provided with face masks and visors, and the airport will also have strict cleaning procedures in place.

Meanwhile, customers will be asked to observe social distancing rules wherever possible in the terminal.

Robert Sinclair, chief executive at London City Airport, said: “When our doors re-open again shortly, our ambition is to provide the best airport experience in the UK to our passengers by ensuring we follow industry guidance to the letter and by maintaining our reputation as the quickest London airport to get to and through.”

He added: “It is our hope that by outlining the steps we are taking to make the airport safe, and by incorporating the views of our regular travellers into our plans, we will give people the confidence to fly from our airport to destinations across the UK and Europe.”

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