London City Airport announced its plans to resume operations from the end of June. The central London facility initially closed in March and is planning to reopen at the end of June. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the demand for both business and leisure travel, with London City now preparing for the opening.
Domestic services to key UK cities and regions will begin first
Subsequently, International flights will follow early in July, although the exact timing may depend on the proposed quarantine of passengers arriving in the UK.
Robert Sinclair, chief executive at London City Airport, said: “When our doors re-open again shortly, our ambition is to provide the best airport experience in the UK to our passengers by ensuring we follow industry guidelines to the letter and by maintaining our reputation as the quickest London airport to get to and through. While there are many challenges ahead for the UK aviation industry, we hope that by outlining the steps we are taking to make the airport safe, and by incorporating the views of our regular travelers into our plans, we will give people the confidence to fly from our airport to destinations across the UK and Europe.”
Various measures have been taken to provide reassurance to passengers
The measures include temperature checks both on departure and arrival, providing face masks and visors for staff, providing clear instructional signage for every step of the journey. The airport will also undertake strict cleaning regiments, including the use of an anti-bacterial surface treatment that lasts for up to 12 months.
Passengers must maintain social distancing rules wherever possible in the terminal. The airport will station an innovative solution with long term partners CrowdVision which will help detect areas with a high concentration of passengers, who can then be directed to quieter areas.