London airport shuts down to curb virus spread

London City Airport will shut up shop this evening. [Photo: Travers Lewis / Shutterstock]

London City Airport announced on Wednesday (25 March) that it would cease operations until the end of April, in response to the UK government’s latest coronavirus outbreak instructions.

The British capital’s urban airport – which serves more than 6 million passengers per year – will close its doors this evening and keep its decision under review, in what was a “difficult but necessary decision”.

“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,” the airport’s management said in a statement.

The airport will still be available to emergency services, military and government agencies but commercial operations will no longer take place. Staff will remain employed and will be redeployed by the government to help tackle the virus.

London City Airport is located within the capital’s limits and is just 14 kilometres from central London, near the O2 Arena. Flights are heavily geared towards business travel.

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