By Michelle Byrnes
London Luton International Airport released a statement on the social media platform X last night that emergency services had been responding to a car fire that broke out in the Terminal 2 car park.
The blaze spread overnight and resulted in a partial structural collapse of the building.
The airport urged passengers to avoid travelling to the airport as emergency services took on the blaze.
What first began as restricted access to the facility soon led to them making the decision to cancel all flights until 3 p.m., Wednesday 11 October.
The team kept passengers updated via social media platform X, issuing new statements throughout the night.
In one post London Luton Airport wrote;
“Our priority remains supporting the emergency services and the safety of our passengers and staff. Therefore, we have now taken the decision to suspend all flights until 3 pm on 11th October.”
According to an update posted at 10 am this morning by the Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, the fire is “no longer a major incident,” but the fire service would stay on the scene for the remainder of the day.
They estimate that up to 1,200 vehicles may have been damaged in the fire.
They also stated that “A total of five casualties were treated for smoke inhalation and have been discharged. They included one member of airport staff and four firefighters.”
The airport’s account also advised passengers to get in contact with their airline regarding their flight.
Multiple flights to and from Irish airports were also cancelled due to the incident.