London City Airport, London, closed, shut, bomb, Thames, WW2, cordon, police, delay, flights, airlines, capacity
London City Airport

WW2 bomb closes London City Airport

All flights are cancelled today, which is affecting up to 16,000 passengers.

London City Airport has been closed for at least the whole day, after a World War Two bomb was discovered close to it in the River Thames.

All flights are cancelled today, which is affecting up to 16,000 passengers. On a total of 261 arrivals and departures. As many as 130 flights were cancelled by 08:00 local time.

The bomb was discovered on Sunday at around 05:00 local time, at the George V Dock, as construction work continues at the airport located east of central London. The airport was closed at 22:00 on Sunday. Passengers are being advised not to go to the airport and to contact their airline.

London’s Metropolitan Police, meanwhile, is working with the Royal Navy to remove the device.

“I recognise this is causing inconvenience for our passengers, and in particular some of our local residents,” apologised the airport’s chief executive, Robert Sinclair.

“The airport is cooperating fully with the Met Police and Royal Navy and working hard to safely remove the device and resolve the situation as quickly as possible.”

An exclusion zone of precisely 214 metres has been established. Docklands Light Railway services to the airport have also been suspended.

Airport extension
Airlines using London City include British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa Flybe and CityJet. Flights are to UK domestic and European destinations, making it popular with business travellers. More than 4.5 million passengers used it during 2017.

A £400 million (€450 million) expansion was approved by the UK government in mid-2016, including an extension of the terminal. That will boost annual capacity by an extra 2 million passengers from 2025. Chinese investors are currently developing land adjacent to the airport.

Related stories

Airport to get Saab digital tower

Most confiscated items at London City Airport

Chinese develop land by London’s City Airport