In a statement, the airport said the suspension of services was the “right and responsible course of action” for the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers.

The airport said it had told the government that it would remain open and available to support “emergency flights,” the military or other government agencies.

It said the fundamentals of its business remain strong and that it is backed by “very committed, long-term investors,” and that once confidence returns to the market, it will quickly be ready to return to normal operations.

Staff will continue to be employed by the airport throughout the temporary closure, and decisions about re-opening will be informed by government guidance, it has been announced.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered a temporary national lockdown on Monday and advised British people to “stay at home” outside of emergencies, buying essential supplies or getting exercise. 

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