Following the discovery of a “defect” in its single runway, London Luton airport was forced to stop all operations.
The Met Office issued its first-ever Red weather warning for extremely hot weather when record-breaking temperatures hit London and the surrounding area at the time of the shutdown.
The airport was unable to estimate how long it could take to get the runway back in operation, but it is thought that the runway issue is directly related to the high heat that is sweeping the UK.
Due to the shutdown, some flights that were already in the air and bound for Luton had to be diverted to other airports, such as London Gatwick and Stanstead. A fix is being developed by engineers while all other planes are grounded.
EasyJet’s home base is at Luton Airport, which is around 28 miles from Central London. Budget airlines and airlines that operate holiday charter flights, including Ryanair and Wizz Air, are the main users of the airport.
“Following today’s high temperatures, a surface defect was identified on the runway. Engineers were called immediately to site and repair works are currently in progress to resume normal operations as soon as possible,” the airport said in a statement.
“We would like to apologize for the inconvenience caused.”