Flights were halted on Monday at one of the biggest airports in the UK because a runway was damaged by the high temperatures. In certain areas of the nation, temperatures climbed to as high as 37 degrees Celsius (or 99 degrees Fahrenheit).
When the airport reopened on Monday evening, London Luton Airport tweeted about the incident and provided an update.
The airport posted on Twitter that “high surface temperatures forced a tiny section to lift,” necessitating an “important runway repair.”
Just after six o’clock, full activities were resumed in London.
After a report from Sky News stated that the runway had “melted,” the Royal Air Force (RAF) halted all flights to and from Brize Norton, its largest air base, in Oxfordshire. Luton Airport then made its announcement shortly after that.
On Monday afternoon, the UK Ministry of Defense published a message regarding flights at Brize Norton.
“The RAF’s top priority during this period of severe warmth is flight safety, so aircraft are utilizing alternative airfields in accordance with a long-established protocol. This indicates that RAF operations are unaffected “The declaration read.
Due to the heat, passengers are not encouraged to travel on Monday or Tuesday, unless they are making “necessary journeys,” according to Network Rail and Transport for London (TfL). To safeguard railway rails, train speed restrictions have also been implemented.
With temperatures expected to hit 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas of the nation on Monday and Tuesday, the UK’s Met Office issued its first-ever “red” warning for excessive heat on Friday.
The closure of Luton Airport is the most recent event in a stressful summer for travel in the UK, which has seen tens of thousands of flights canceled, lengthy security lines, and innumerable claims of missing or delayed baggage.
In an effort to manage the high demand and staffing shortages, Heathrow Airport this week urged airlines to halt selling tickets for travel this summer and established a 100,000 per day passenger cap until September 11.
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