The UK capital’s London City Airport has made the decision to temporarily suspend all commercial and private aviation flights from the airport. The airport has however been offered as London’s most central airport to the government as an operational base to support the emergency services, military or other government agencies.

The announcement comes following the UK Government’s latest instructions in response to the coronavirus outbreak and will come into effect as of the evening of 25 March.

In a statement the airport says: “At this point in this fast-moving and unprecedented situation, we think this is the responsible thing to do for the safety and wellbeing of our staff, passengers and everyone associated with the airport.”

As one of the largest private employers in the area the airport says it will work to return to work as soon as it is possible to resume commercial and private flight operations.

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