City Airport shut after World War 2 bomb discovered

London City Airport was closed overnight,  and homes around the area evacuated after a World War 2 bomb was discovered in the River Thames.

The Airport,  which sits on the bank of the north side of the Thames, has had all flights cancelled today and until further notice,  although a spokesman has said that the airport should be open and fully operational tomorrow.

An exclusion zone has been put around the airport,  meaning passengers are being diverted to other airports and the taxi rank is also non-operational.

The Police and The Royal Navy have set up a 215 meter exlusion zone and are in attendance trying to make the explosive safe and remove it.

London City Airport sevices around 4.5 million passengers per annum and is the UK’s 14th busiest airport.

Transport for London have said that Docklands Light Railway services are also affected and will not run between Pontoon Dock and Woolwich Arsenal. 

Anybody planning to travel either to or from the airport, should seek advice from their airline provider.

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