Friday, 3 Jul 2020

Holidays 2020: London City Airport restarts flights after being closed for 3 months

Holidays are back on the table with multiple airlines announcing plans to restart flights. And now, London City Airport which has been closed for almost three months due to the coronavirus pandemic has finally restarted its flights. The International airport, which is located in the Royal Docks, is known for operating key flights.

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The airport is also located just east of the City of London and even closer to the capital’s financial centre, Canary Wharf.

London City Airport is often used by those working in Canary Wharf and the City of London but was brought to a complete standstill on March 25 after a collapse in demand.

On Sunday, the first commercial flight took off from the airport to the Isle of Man, which has been almost completely cut off since the coronavirus outbreak began.

Flights will begin domestically to UK and Ireland and will then go to European destinations.

Flights to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dublin will return next month.

New routes to Teesside and Dundee will begin on July 6.

Flights via British Airway’s CityFlyer routes to popular holiday destinations such as Ibiza, Florence, Malaga and Palma will resume in the next few weeks.

For now, flights will continue between London City Airport and the Isle of Man.

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London City Airport CEO Robert Sinclair, said: “The restart of some services at London City Airport by our home-based carrier, British Airways, is good news for business and leisure passengers and we hope signals the start of the road towards a recovery.

“We believe there is demand from passengers to get back to flying and we have worked hard to make that possible – putting in place appropriate measures to make the airport safe and working closely with British Airways to restore some popular routes and important connections.

“We are looking forward to flights beginning to restart and working with British Airways to grow passenger volumes and build on their route network in time as confidence returns.”

The airport has introduced safety and sanitation measures to halt the spread of coronavirus and give flyers peace of mind.

Face coverings will be mandatory, terminal access will be limited to those with a ticket and cleaning across the airport will be enhanced.

The airport will also be introducing safety measures which include contact-free temperature checking.

Crowd monitoring and an an anti-microbial surface treatment will also be used.

London City Airport was the UK’s 12th busiest airport last year.

It handled over five million passengers.

Due to its location, the airport is especially popular with business travellers.

Reportedly, the airport is busiest in the winter months due to BA flying to ski resort destinations.

Other airlines that operate from London City Airport include Lufthansa, Lunar, Swiss International Air Lines and Loganair.

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