London City Airport has today (3 June 2020) announced its plans to restart commercial operations from the end of June.
Domestic services to key UK cities and regions will resume first, with international flights expected to follow in early July.
The exact timing may depend on the proposed quarantine of passengers arriving into the UK, the airport has said.
The UK’s twelfth busiest airport has been closed since 25 March due to travel restrictions and the collapse in demand caused by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
In a statement, the airport said it has introduced a “whole range of steps” to “provide reassurance to passengers”.
These include installing Temperature Checking Technology both on departure and arrival, providing staff with face masks and visors and providing clear instructional signage for every step of the journey.
Rigorous and thorough cleaning regiments, including the use of an anti-bacterial surface treatment that will begin to kill all germs upon contact and lasts for up to 12 months, will also be deployed throughout the airport.
Passengers will be asked to observe social distancing rules wherever possible in the terminal and the airport will deploy an innovative solution with long term partners CrowdVision, which will enable the detection of areas where there is a high concentration of passengers who can then be directed to quieter areas.
To further inform restart plans, the airport will reach out to its passenger database to get their thoughts on the future airport experience.
CEO at London City Airport, Robert Sinclair, 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 guidance 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, it is our hope that by outlining the steps we are taking to make the airport safe, and by incorporating the views of our regular travellers into our plans, we will give people the confidence to fly from our airport to destinations across the UK and Europe.”
Visit londoncityairport.com for more information.