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London City Airport re-opens for flights tomorrow

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Three months after it suspended flights, London City Airport is re-opening its (boarding) gates. Tomorrow, Sunday 21st June, will be its first day of operations.

Domestic service is set to resume first, with the first flight set to be BA3287 to the Isle of Man, operated by BA CityFlyer. This flight was temporarily operating from Heathrow whilst London City was closed.

More routes are due to follow in July, when Loganair and Eastern add several new domestic routes. CityFlyer routes to Ibiza, Florence, Málaga, Palma, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dublin are also back on sale.

London City Airport reopens tomorrow

Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive, said:

“We have worked hard to create a safe environment at the airport, so they can get back to flying in confidence. At the same time, we have been careful not to sacrifice the speed through the airport which passengers have always valued and is now more important than ever.”

Like other airports, London City is doing its best to mitigate viral transmission. This includes the use of one-way systems, introduction of hand sanitiser stations, perspex screens at check-in desks and additional cleaning, including with long-life anti-microbial surface treatments. Automatic temperature screenings will also be implemented.

To maximise social distancing, only people with a valid ticket will be able to access the terminal building, although I can’t imagine this moves the needle significantly. The airport is also mandating the use of face masks.

Comments (64)

  • _nate says:

    My minimum is 7,000, which is annoying, as I would buy 3,000 points to take me over a threshold but not as many as 7,000.

  • KP says:

    “To maximise social distancing, only people with a valid ticket will be able to access the terminal building, although I can’t imagine this moves the needle significantly.”

    Unless you didnt notice, LCY is full of uber/addison lee/etc etc cab drivers waiting for passengers inside the terminal

    • Rob says:

      They will all congregate by Costa at the bottom of the DLR escalators instead!

    • Genghis says:

      Not Uber. You need to walk out to the pick up area past the short stay car park for Uber.

  • Martin says:

    As someone who lives under the LCY flightpath, I’ve been enjoying the peace and quiet. It just means it’s been easier to hear the traffic on the A12…

  • Neil Donoghue says:

    Wow just checked all my IHG bookings and it looks like I have saved 180,000 points by booking last week compared to today! What a bargain

    • Andrew says:

      Yes we did well last weekend. Seems like it was mistake which IHG quickly rectified, like an error fare.

  • johnnt5a says:

    Regarding IHG Spire Extension (from an article here back on 24 April) has anyone had their status extended to 2022?

    • Andrew says:

      Yes I have, well 31/12/2021 if that’s what you mean (instead of 31/12/2020 which is what it should be based on my earning). Although the choice benefit we were initially promised has never turned up and IHG are now denying they ever said that. AMB also extended for 6 months.

  • Lady London says:

    Weird. I suggested the protection packs in all classes on Rob’s earlier article about BA ‘temporary’ laziness in catering. Could BA actually be reading posts here and sometimes acting on them ? 🙂

    BA should include 2 masks per passenger. At the volume they’d be buying would cost what? 1 cent per passenger? J passengers can have them fur-lined.

    • Josh says:

      Indeed. I’m surprised they aren’t giving masks unless they assume the airports will be giving them out

  • Boi says:

    Is there actually nice hotels in The Maldives that are not. $1000+/night?

    • Lee says:

      $1000+/night for room only or factor in cost like sea plane, food activities?

      • Boi says:

        Sorry I meant nice hotels that are less than $1000/night as quoted in the article?

      • Secret Squirrel says:

        You can get rooms for an average $500 a night, but depends on what time of the year you want to stay.
        Have you tried buying points recently as this can bring great value & no resort fees to pay when booking on points.

  • Ian says:

    As regards BA personal protection equipment etc – does anyone know whether I can wear a plastic face shield (as you see shop staff wearing) instead of a mask on board the aircraft? I would find one of these much more comfortable if BA allow this.

    • Lady London says:

      Other airlines are refusing this and saying it has to be a mask.

      I will have to start flying again at a certain point even if the alert is not gone by when I realky will need to fly and I’m seriously considering a visor as well as a mask. I too tolerate masks badly and all too aware of the fact that below N95 or N100 and used the undisciplined way most people arw using them, masks are a public confidence measure and definitely not a public health measure.

      • Rhys says:

        I imagine BA are roughly following government advice for public transport which is ‘mask or face covering’

    • memesweeper says:

      I am not an epidemiologist but I think a mask is designed to protect other passengers but a shield protects you.

      • Peter K says:

        Not quite. A mask will only shield you from direct spittle etc coming your way. Air flow will move around it and get to you.

        Most masks protect others from you, and only protect you from others a very little. A few types of masks/respirators help you avoid getting anything yourself. LL was basically right, but a type IIR mask will also have some useful but limited benefit as it is fluid resistant.

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