Coronavirus: London City airport suspends operations

The coronavirus crisis forced the closure of London City airport last night.

The Docklands airport, which handled more than five million passengers last year, suspended operations until at least the end of April.

The closure will be kept under review.

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The temporary shut down follows the suspension of services from Carlisle airport and Teesside on Tuesday.

A statement from London City said: “Following the government’s latest instructions in response to the coronavirus outbreak, we have made the decision to temporarily suspend all commercial and private flights from the airport.

“At this point in this fast-moving and unprecedented situation, we think this is the responsible thing to do for the safety and wellbeing of our staff, passengers and everyone associated with the airport.

“During this period, we will continue to follow official guidance and work with the authorities to understand the situation and how best to respond.”

The airport added: “While commercial and private flights will temporarily stop, we have offered the use of London’s most central airport to the government in case it can be used to support the emergency services, military or other government agencies.

“We will work with the authorities to support the national effort to combat the outbreak of this virus and provide care to people in need.”

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