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London City Airport closed due to unexploded bomb

London City Airport closed due to unexploded bomb

The bomb was found during routine work at the dock which runs alongside the airport's runway. "Specialist officers and the Royal Navy have attended and confirmed the nature of the device", said the Metropolitan Police.

London City Airport advised passengers not to travel to the airport and contact their airline.

London City Airport has been closed and all flights cancelled after an unexploded Second World War bomb was uncovered nearby in the River Thames.

Travel around one of London's major airports has been plunged into chaos after the discovery of an unexploded World War II bomb.

The ordnance was found in the River Thames early Sunday during planned development work at the airport, which lies east of the Canary Wharf financial district.

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Meanwhile, there is no service between Pontoon Dock and Woolwich Arsenal on police request following the discovery of WW II artillery. The British Airways website showed flights to and from London City Airport cancelled until late Monday.

At 10pm, the decision was taken to put an exclusion zone in place to allow the Royal Navy to deal with the explosive that meant flights would be affected.

Robert Sinclair, the airport's chief executive, said: "I recognise this is causing inconvenience for our passengers, and in particular some of our local residents".

"The operation to remove the ordnance is ongoing".