London City Airport reopens following positive traveller confidence survey

Since the demand for travel fell in March, London City Airport has been used by government officials and military but is now reopen to the public with new safety measures in place.

A survey issued by the airport found that more than 40 per cent of the 4,700 London City Airport customers surveyed, said they expected to jet off for business or leisure within the next three months.

Around 79 per cent said they were very likely or quite likely to fly when they were told by the government and airports or airlines that it was safe to do so.

London City Airport has announced its new safety procedures with measures including rapid contact-free temperature checking technology, crowd monitoring technology, an enhanced cleaning regime using an anti-microbial surface treatment, and social distancing procedures such as one-way systems and Perspex screens. Passengers will also be asked to wear face coverings in the airport.

A flight from the Isle of Man landed at London City Airport on Sunday 21 June, marking its reopening to the public.

Initially, only UK and Ireland flights will be operating, however, BA CityFlyer, a subsidiary of British Airways will resume some of its flights to European destinations, including Ibiza, Florence, Malaga and Palama this summer.

“The restart of some services at London City Airport by our home-based carrier, British Airways, is good news for business and leisure passengers and we hope signals the start of the road towards a recovery,” London City Airport CEO Robert Sinclair said.

“We believe there is demand from passengers to get back to flying and we have worked hard to make that possible – putting in place appropriate measures to make the airport safe and working closely with British Airways to restore some popular routes and important connections. We are looking forward to flights beginning to re-start and working with British Airways to grow passenger volumes and build on their route network in time as confidence returns.”