London City Airport reopens after wartime bomb moved

London City Airport reopens after wartime bomb moved

The ordnance was discovered at the George V Dock, North Woolwich, just after 5am on Sunday, as part of planned work that was taking place at the airport.

The airport has been shut all day and all flights cancelled, affecting up to 16,000 passengers, officials said. The Metropolitan Police established an exclusion zone of more than 200 meters (650 feet) while Royal Navy divers worked to remove the bomb.

Robert Sinclair, the airport's chief executive, said in a statement: "The airport remains closed this morning following the discovery of a World War Two ordnance on Sunday".

Removal of the fused device had depended on the tides, which left authorities waiting until around midnight before they could transport the bomb further along the River Thames to be safely dealt with. The shell was found during the research and development near the airport.

The 200m exclusion zone, which was imposed when the airport was closed at 11pm last night, will be widened when Royal Navy bomb disposal experts begin making the bomb safe.

"All flights today are cancelled but some airlines have moved their flights to other airports - CityJet to Southend and Alitalia to Stansted", the airport said.

The bomb is due to be detonated in a controlled explosion in Shoeburyness, according to reports.

Passenger jets stand on the runway of London City Airport, in London, Britain February 12, 2018. He also thanked local residents, who had to be evacuated, passengers, who had their travel plans disrupted, and commuters hit by the closure of the Docklands Light Railway, for their understanding.

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