London City Airport reopens after World War Two bomb removed from Thames

London City Airport reopens after World War Two bomb removed from Thames

LONDON—All flights to and from London’s City Airport were canceled on Monday after an unexploded World War Two bomb weighing half a ton was found buried in silt in the River Thames.

All flights to and from the airport were canceled on Monday after the half-ton ordnance was found at the nearby George V Dock in east London, and a 200-metre exclusion zone was also put in place.

“The World War Two ordnance discovered in King George V Dock has been safely removed by the Royal Navy and Met Police,” Robert Sinclair, CEO of London City Airport said in a statement.

“As a result, the exclusion zone has now been lifted and the airport will be open as normal on Tuesday.”

London City Airport reopens after World War Two bomb removed from Thames

The docklands area of London’s East End was a trading hub in the 1940s and was heavily bombed by German planes in World War Two. The airport was opened in 1987 as part of the broader regeneration of the area.

The airport told passengers not to travel there on Monday. Regional airline CityJet said its flights from the airport had been rescheduled to land and take off from London Southend airport, while Italy’s Alitalia [CAITLA.UL] said it would operate flights from London Stansted airport.

London City, the smallest of London’s international airports, handled 4.5 million passengers last year.

London City Airport reopens after World War Two bomb removed from Thames

The airport is frequently used by business passengers and is close to London’s financial hub in Canary Wharf.

The airport is serviced by major airlines including British Airways, KLM and Lufthansa, and has flights to domestic and international locations.

It is also close to London’s East End, which was bombed heavily during the Blitz — Germany’s bombing campaign on the United Kingdom during 1940 and 1941.

Light railway stops near the airport had also been shut down due to the exclusion zone.


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