A runway at London City Airport was “temporarily closed” to make way for a 131 feet (40 metres) yacht on its way to the London Boat Show.

According to the team behind Sunseeker International’s 131 Yacht the airport had to close one of the runways to allow the boat to pass through King George V Lock on its way to the Excel centre.

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However, a spokeswoman from the airport said the scheduling team organise for boats to pass by the airport at times when there are natural breaks in scheduling.

Sunseeker International's 131 Yacht passing by London City Airport

She added: “Quite a lot of boats come through for the boat show and our operations team time it around our flight schedule, so when there are natural gaps we allow them through.”

The 131 Yacht will be the largest boat ever to be unveiled at the London Boat Show and will be on display from Friday, January 8 to Sunday, January 17.

Sunseeker International's 131 Yacht at the Excel centre

Sunseeker International sales director Sean Robertson said: “The London Boat Show is always extremely exciting and draws a truly international selection of clients. I am delighted we are launching this special new yacht, the first – and largest – of four new Sunseeker models set to debut in 2016.

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“The first five of these stunning yachts have already been sold to clients from all over the world, underlining the strong demand and global appeal we’re seeing for this exciting new evolution in design. We look forward to welcoming existing and new customers during the show.”