London City Airport reopens for passenger flights
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London City Airport has resumed operations as airlines begin to pick service up in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis. As of Sunday, 21 June, London City Airport restarted operations in the form of an arriving flight from the Isle of Man.
British Airways flight BA3287 flying from Isle of Man (IOM) to London City (LCY) landed at the airport at 5:33 p.m. The flight, which is marketed by BA CityFlyer but operated by a Loganair ATR 42-500, was operating the essential route between IOM and London via Heathrow (LHR) during City’s closure. Sunday marked the first time the flight operated to its usual London airport, LCY.
Prior to resuming services on Sunday, London City (LCY) had been closed since 25 March. At the time of its closure, LCY said that it would remain closed until at least the end of April, but the closure turned out to be for much longer.
During the period when the airport was closed to both commercial and private operations, the east London airport was used by government agencies and the military.
As of Sunday’s reopening, the airport will operate just domestic flights and those to and from Ireland. According to the airport’s departures and arrivals page, the airport is only seeing flights to and from Isle of Man (IOM) on Monday.
According to a press release, BA CityFlyer will resume services to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dublin in July. Meanwhile, CityFlyer will resume several international routes from the airport for the summer travel season.
Beginning next month and into the summer, BA CityFlyer will also resume flights from LCY to Ibiza (IBZ), Florence (FLR), Malaga (AGP) and Palma de Mallorca (PMI).
The resumption of services from LCY to the popular summer holiday destinations shows that BA hopes to take advantage of Brits looking to get abroad during the summer after several months of lockdown. While the FCO still advises against all non-essential international travel and the U.K. still requires all arriving international passengers to quarantine for 14 days, some travellers are looking to book holidays regardless.
Passengers travelling through London City Airport can expect to encounter contact-free temperature-checking technology, crowd monitoring and an enhanced cleaning regime in order to keep passengers and staff safe. There will also be an emphasis on social distancing in the airport, as well as asking passengers to wear face masks while they’re in the airport.
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