London City Airport (LCY) has restarted flight operations. The airport has been closed since the start of the UK’s Covid-19 lockdown. The first flight at LCY was BA3287 to the Isle of Man.
British Airways subsidiary BA CityFlyer is also to resume some routes from London City Airport to Ibiza, Florence, Málaga and Palma this summer.
London City Airport CEO Robert Sinclair, said, “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.
“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.”
During the period that commercial operations were suspended, the airport has been busy working behind the scenes to create a safe environment for passengers and staff.
Following expert advice to meet official guidance and best practice standards, measures were put in place include 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.
KLM is also to resume operations from LCY from 13 July, flying to Amsterdam Schiphol.
Linking Central London to the capital city of the Netherlands, the route will begin as a single daily service, with frequency increases expected as demand for travel returns. Throughout the summer period, passengers will have the opportunity to connect to over 100 European and intercontinental destinations via Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.
Popular with both business and leisure passengers, the route will be operated by KLM subsidiary, KLM Cityhopper using an Embraer 190 aircraft carrying 100 passengers.
Loganair is restarting its Dundee service on 6 July – the same day as Eastern Airways start flying to Teesside.