London City Airport in the UK has been shut down after a World War Two (WW2) bomb was discovered in the river Thames’ King George V Dock, which is situated close to the airport’s runway.

Discovery of the 500kg ordnance was made on Sunday during scheduled work at the dock.

It has led to the cancellation of all the flights on Monday, impacting nearly 16,000 passengers, reported the BBC.

Some of the airlines, including CityJet and Alitalia, have diverted their flights to other airports.

“The airport authorities are currently assisting the Met Police and Royal Navy to safely remove the bomb in a 214m exclusion zone set up by the police.”

The airport’s website has mentioned that a total of 261 arrivals and departures had been listed for Monday.

Responding to the inconvenience caused to the passengers, London City Airport CEO Robert Sinclair said: “The airport remains closed this morning following the discovery of a World War Two ordnance in King George V Dock on Sunday.

“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.”

The airport authorities are currently assisting the Met Police and Royal Navy to safely remove the bomb in a 214m exclusion zone set up by the police.

Local residents have also been affected by the discovery, with families in the area being evacuated.