London City Airport received its first commercial flight in nearly three months Sunday as Britain moved another step closer to fully emerging from its coronavirus lockdown on July 4.
The gateway to the once-bustling Canary Warf and City financial districts welcomed a short flight from the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea.
The small turboprop plane’s landing and quick departure for its return leg was the only one scheduled – but officials could hardly sound more pleased.
“This clear early demand from our passengers to get back to flying is really encouraging,” airport chief executive Robert Sinclair said.
Initial routes will be domestic because of international travel restrictions and only a handful of destinations will be served in the first weeks.
Heathrow and London’s smaller Gatwick and Stansted airports had remained partially open throughout the crisis.