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Luton airport suspends all flights due to runway 'melting'
Britain and other European countries are currently facing a heatwave. Wildfires are making the situation worse in France, Portugal and Spain. Rail tracks are buckling and runways are "melting." The London Luton airport cancelled all flights on Monday. However, later in the evening the airport said: "The runway reopened to both arriving and departing flights at 18.05 and is now fully operational."

LONDON, July 19: All flights to and from Luton airport were suspended on Monday as the runways were damaged by a severe heatwave raging across Europe in what was described as "surface defect."

“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.

However, later in the evening the airport said: "The runway reopened to both arriving and departing flights at 18.05 and is now fully operational. We're sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience."

FlightRadar24 data showed that around 14 flights were diverted to other airports. The airport is used by airlines such as EasyJet, Wizz Air, Ryanair and TUI.

The rail tracks at Vauxhall railway station in London also buckled under heat. The traffic between Waterloo and Clapham Junction was disrupted.

The met office has issued a heat warning for England. The temperature is touching 41C. Britain and other European countries are currently facing a heatwave. Wildfires are making the situation worse in France, Portugal and Spain.

Where is Luton Airport: Luton Airport is the fourth largest airport in the UK. It is the northern terminal for London and an integral part of the London airports system. It is located in south-east England in Bedfordshire and is 48 km northwest of London.

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