London City Airport has announced it will suspend all commercial and private flights from the evening of Wednesday March 25.

The airport is currently expected to close to passengers until the end of April, though it said this would be “kept under review”.

“At this point in this fast-moving and unprecedented situation, we think this is the responsible thing to do for the safety and wellbeing of our staff, passengers and everyone associated with the airport,” a statement reads.

Staff will remain employed and return to work when operations resume.

Anyone with flights booked to or from London City during this period should be contacted by their airline.

British Airways, which operates the majority of flights from London City, suspended all its services there on Monday.

It said passengers would be contacted and moved onto flights at Heathrow or Gatwick.

The Excel conference centre next to London City is set to be turned into a makeshift field hospital amid the coronavirus pandemic, the BBC reports.

So far the small Carlisle Lake District Airport in the north of England is the only UK airport to announce it will shut to all commercial flights, though many others are closing lounges, shops, restaurants and public spaces, and putting staff on leave.

Cornwall Airport is only running “lifeline services” to the Isles of Scilly.

Airports continue to follow the advice of Public Heath England, which states that arriving passengers do not need to be temperature screened or health checked, though should be informed of what to do if they develop coronavirus symptoms.

The Foreign Office has advised Britons against all overseas travel, and recommended that anyone travelling abroad makes their way home as soon as possible.

Videos have been posted to social media of Manchester Airport and Heathrow packed with people this week, despite government advice on social distancing.

Today Dubai International Airport, the world’s busiest airport for international travel, and Abu Dhabi Airport closed to all commercial passengers for at least two weeks as a UAE flight ban comes into force.

Dubai International Airport closes to passengers

Paris Orly, the French capital’s second airport, will be closed on March 31.

Paris Orly to close from March 31