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London's City Airport closed Monday due to discovery of one World War II bomb

A World War II bomb unexploded was discovered Sunday by workers at George V Dock in the River Thames. London's City Airport, the city's fifth biggest and most central airport serviced by major airlines including British Airways, KLM and Lufthansa was shut down , leaving all flights in and out of the airport cancelled and affecting up to 16,000 passengers.

This will cost airlines more than £1m. Specialists from the Royal Navy are working to remove the device, after police has set up an exclusion zone around the dock, closing roads and forcing residents to evacuate their properties. Light railway stops near the airport have also been shut down. "The airport is cooperating fully with the Met Police and Royal Navy and working hard to safely remove the device and resolve the situation as quickly as possible," said Robert Sinclair, CEO of London City Airport.

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Acces to the airport in a normal day

The airport handled 4.5 million passengers last year, with Amsterdam, Edinburgh and Dublin the most popular destinations. London City Airport has urged passengers due to fly on Monday not to travel to the airport. The airport is likely to remain closed all day. During the war, cities such as London, Sheffield, and Portsmouth a lot of bombing took place. Less than three years ago, when a German bomb was found in an East London building site.

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