UK airports suspend flights after heatwave melts runways

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Grounded EasyJet aircraft are pictured on the apron at London Luton Airport.

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Flights were suspended at Britain’s Luton airport on Monday due to a runway defect discovered following high temperatures across the country.

“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 operations as soon as possible,” the airport said in a statement on Twitter.

The airport is used by airlines including EasyJet, Wizz Air, Ryanair and TUI.

Britain’s Royal Air Force has halted flights at its Brize Norton air base in Oxfordshire after the hot weather melted the runway, Sky News reported on Monday, citing a military source.

The Sky report added that plans had been implemented to ensure there was no impact on operations. The defence ministry did not have an immediate response.

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