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The discovery of a World War II bomb in a nearby area on the River Thames has forced the closure of the London City Airport, which will remain on Monday (12.02.2018) closed with all its flights canceled, a spokeswoman confirmed.
The closure of the east airport of the British capital will affect 16,000 passengers after the explosive was discovered this Sunday around 05.00 GMT while work was being carried out, the Metropolitan Police of London (Met) reported.
The closure took place around 22:00 GMT on Sunday and agents are currently collaborating with British Navy personnel to remove the bomb.
“I recognize that this is causing inconvenience to our passengers and, in particular, to some of the residents of the area,” the airport’s CEO, Robert Sinclair, told local media on Monday.
The executive added that the aerodrome “is cooperating fully with the Metropolitan Police and the Navy and works to safely dislodge the explosive and resolve the situation as quickly as possible.”
Some of the airlines that operate in this aerodrome are British Airways, Flybe, CityJet, KLM and Lufthansa, with services to domestic destinations and other cities in Europe.
The police indicated that an exclusion zone of 214 meters has been enabled and the properties located inside that area have been evacuated. The City of Newham is providing temporary emergency shelter to the residents of the affected area. (Efe)