London City Airport Reopens Following Removal of WWII Bomb

Feb. 13, 2018

London City Airport was declared open Tuesday, restoring flights at the hub that serves the U.K. capital’s main financial districts, following the removal of an unexploded World War II bomb discovered during a construction project.

Services were grounded all day Monday after the device was found submerged in the River Thames early Sunday during planned development work at the airport. The Metropolitan Police established an exclusion zone of more than 200 meters (650 feet) while Royal Navy divers worked to remove the bomb.

“The World War II ordnance discovered in King George V Dock has been safely removed by the Royal Navy and Met Police,” Robert Sinclair, London City’s chief executive officer, said in a statement. “As a result, the exclusion zone has now been lifted and the airport will be open as normal.”

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