Following the Government’s latest instructions in response to the Coronavirus outbreak, London City Airport has made the decision to temporarily suspend all commercial and private flights from the airport. It will now be used by the government.
This will begin in the evening on Wednesday 25 March and is expected to last until the end of April. All London City Airport ‘ staff will continue to be employed by the airport during this period.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis, the demand for global air travel has declined dramatically. At London City, most airlines have now suspended operations for the time being.
“In these exceptional times, this is the right and responsible course of action to protect the safety and wellbeing of our staff and passengers, and our city.
At this time of national crisis, we stand ready to keep the aerodrome open and to work with the emergency services and Government to support the relief effort in any way we can to ensure that people and communities get the vital care they need.
The fundamentals of our business remain strong. The airport is backed by very committed, long-term investors and, once confidence returns to the market, the airport and our staff will be ready once again to quickly return to normal operations,” said Robert Sinclair, CEO.
Staff will continue to be employed by the airport throughout the temporary suspension and future decisions around re-opening will be informed by Government guidance.
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