Airports: Coronavirus

Department for Transport written question – answered on 7th April 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Goudie Baroness Goudie Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to close airports during the COVID-19 pandemic; and if so, when.

Photo of Baroness Vere of Norbiton Baroness Vere of Norbiton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Airports are continuing to provide essential connectivity to get Britons home, deliver vital freight, and connect regions. The Government recognises this important contribution and is considering how best to support airports in continuing to provide this service.

A decision to temporarily close London City Airport from 25 March has been taken by the airport as part of the COVID-19 response and we are grateful for their offer to support emergency flights as we seek to tackle COVID-19.

We are working with the industry to ensure that UK nationals overseas are able to return home and freight continues to flow in and out of the country.

Most importantly, we are reiterating that it is paramount for all transport sector employers to follow Public Health England’s advice on health and safety in the workplace in light of COVID-19.

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