London City Airport is set to reopen this weekend after a three-month closure.
The first flights to resume at London City Airport will serve domestic routes, providing vital connections to cities and regions around the UK.
The airport’s first scheduled flight since it suspended operations at the end of March is expected On Sunday 21 June, flying between the Isle of Man and central London.
Brand new routes will also begin between central London and Teesside in the North East and Dundee in Scotland on Monday 6 July, operated by Eastern Airways and Loganair, respectively.
It is expected that staples of London City Airport’s Anglo-Irish route network, including Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dublin, will return in July, boosting regional connectivity.
International flights to in-demand destinations like Ibiza, Florence, Málaga and Palma are expected to return over the coming weeks.
The UK Government has introduced a two-week quarantine for UK arrivals, which is expected to put off travellers from flying.
However, a customer survey conducted by the airport has shown strong demand for air travel, with 79 per cent saying were either very likely or quite likely to travel when they are told it is safe to do so by the Government and airports or airlines – almost half of customers (48 per cent) were very likely to do so.
Forty-two per cent of the airport’s customers plan to travel for leisure within the next three months and 41 per cent of City’s flyers anticipate they will take a flight for business within the next three months.
Commenting on customers’ responses, London City Airport chief executive, Robert Sinclair, said:
“This clear early demand from our passengers to get back to flying is really encouraging. It shows a desire to not only enjoy a holiday soon after nearly three months of lockdown, but to get back to business travel as well.
“We have worked hard to create a safe environment at the airport, so they can get back to flying in confidence. At the same time, we have been careful not to sacrifice the speed through the airport which passengers have always valued and is now more important than ever, as these results show.
“We will also be making a number of announcements with our airline partners in the coming weeks which we hope passengers will be excited by.”
“With the aviation market opening up across Europe this week, it is my hope that air bridges can be agreed quickly with low risk European neighbours. This news would be a shot in the arm for the industry as well as for the wider UK economy.”
As part of its new health ads safety measures, London City Airport will limit access to the terminal to only passengers holding a valid ticket on the day of travel and will ask passengers to wear a face covering while at the airport.
An enhanced cleaning regime, which will include a long-life anti-microbial surface treatment, will also be used throughout the airport.
Visit londoncityairport.com for more information.