The ordnance was discovered in King George V Dock, close to the runway of London’s most central airport.
ALL FLIGHTS IN and out of London City Airport are cancelled today after a World War II bomb was discovered in the nearby River Thames.
The ordnance was discovered in King George V Dock, close to the runway of London’s most central airport, during planned works early on Sunday morning.
At about 10pm last night, Met Police and the Royal Navy decided to implement a 214-metre exclusion zone around the airport.
City Airport operates short-haul flights and is located in east London, close to the Canary Wharf business district.
Met Police said that overnight officers had been helping to evacuate properties in the area and it was working to provide residents with temporary accommodation.
“While we endeavour to progess the operation as quickly as possible and minimise disruption, it is important that all of the necessary steps and precautions are taken to ensure it is dealt with safely,” a spokesperson said.
In a statement on Twitter, London City Airport CEO Robert Sinclair urged any passengers scheduled to fly today not to come to the airport and to contact their airline for further information.
“The airport remains closed this morning following the discovery of a World War Two ordnance in King George V Dock on Sunday,” Sinclair said.
“All flights in and out of London City on Monday are cancelled and an exclusion zone is in place in the immediate area. I urge any passengers due to fly today not to come to the airport and to contact their airline for further information.
Nearly 228,000 passengers passed through London City Airport last month.
The unexploded ordnance is being dealt with by specialist police officers working alongside the Royal Navy.
Thousands of bombs were dropped on London during the “Blitz” by German Air Forces between September 1940 and May 1941 during World War II.