London City Airport closed and all flights cancelled after WWII bomb is found in King George V Dock
London City Airport is still closed today as disposal experts work to make safe a WWII bomb which was found in the Thames nearby.
The device was found on Sunday and a cordon put up late on Sunday evening after discussions between the Royal Navy and Metropolitan Police.
Transport for London said Docklands Light Railway services will not run between Pontoon Dock and Woolwich Arsenal owing to the 214-meter (700ft) exclusion zone.
Robert Sinclair, CEO of London City Airport said: “The airport remains closed this morning following the discovery of a World War Two ordnance in King George V Dock on Sunday.
All flights in and out of London City on Monday are canceled and an exclusion zone is in place in the immediate area.
“I urge any passengers due to fly today not to come to the airport and to contact their airline for further information.
“I recognize this is causing inconvenience for our passengers, and in particular some of our local residents. 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.”
A Met Police spokesman said: “The ordinance was discovered as part of pre-planned work at London City Airport and reported to the police at 5.06am on Sunday.
“At 10pm an operational decision was made with the Royal Navy to implement a 214-meter exclusion zone to ensure that the ordinance can be safely dealt with whilst limiting any risk to the public.
“There will also be disruption to inbound and outbound flights during the operation.
“London City Airport are urging passengers to contact their airline before traveling.”
Transport for London tweeted the airport was shut and road closures were in place.
London City Airport – No service between Pontoon Dock and Woolwich Arsenal at Police request following the discovery of a WW11 bomb in the London City Airport area. Good service on the rest of the line. https://t.co/fXTruIbLjs
— Transport for London (@TfL) February 12, 2018
The transport authority wrote: “The airport has been closed due to an emergency services incident.
“There are also additional local road closures due to the incident. Traffic is light in the area.