London City Airport is suspending all flights from this evening (25 March), it has announced.
The decision affects both commercial and private flights landing and taking off from the airport.
In a statement, released on its website and social media, London City Airport said:
At this point in this fast-moving and unprecedented situation, we think this is the responsible thing to do for the safety and wellbeing of our staff, passengers and everyone associated with the airport.
The suspension is currently expected to last until the end of April.
It was announced yesterday that the nearby ExCel Centre will be transformed into a makeshift emergency hospital to help cope with the coronavirus. London City Airport's statement alludes to this, saying
We have offered the use of London's most central airport to the Government in case it can be used by the emergency services or other agencies to support the national effort to combat the outbreak of the virus and provide care to people in need.