London City Airport reopened after ‘chemical incident’ evacuation

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LONDON — London City Airport was evacuated on Friday and firefighters say they are investigating “reports of a chemical incident” after a number of passengers reported feeling unwell.

The airport was reopened around 6:30 p.m. GMT.

“Officers have attended and are currently on scene,” London’s Metropolitan Police said. “The London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade have also been called. The cause of the incident is not yet known, the airport has been evacuated as precaution.”

About 500 members of the public and staff were evacuated, according to the London Fire Brigade.

Departing flights were suspended, and several incoming flights were diverted to other airports.

The Metropolitan Police force said officers were called to the airport just after 4 p.m. local time “following reports of passengers being taken unwell.”

City Airport, in east London’s docklands, is the smallest of the British capital’s international airports.