London City Airport has temporarily suspended all commercial and private flights. The suspension is expected to last until the end of April 2020, but this will be kept under review, the airport said in a statement.
While commercial traffic will temporarily cease from the central London hub, the airport has indicated to the government that the facility can remain open and available to support emergency flights or those on behalf of the military or other government agencies.
CEO Robert Sinclair said, “In these exceptional times, this is the right and responsible course of action to protect the safety and well-being of our staff and passengers, and our city.
“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.”
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, London City confirmed.