A huge fire at Luton Airport has suspended all flights after a multi-storey partially collapsed overnight.
A major incident was declared at 9.38pm on Tuesday by Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue and 100 firefighters, 15 fire engines and three specialist aerial appliances were at the scene.
The car park was “fully involved in the fire” and the multi-storey car park suffered a “significant structural collapse,” the fire service said.
Andrew Hopkinson, chief fire officer at Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said there was over 1,500 vehicles in the car park and firefighters faced a “severe and rapidly spreading fire” and the fire had “spread to multiple floors.”
Crews have controlled and extinguished the fire at Luton Airport. Four crews and an aerial appliance remain at the scene. All flights are suspended until 3pm. If you have a flight leaving before 3pm, please do not travel. Please avoid the area owing to severe traffic delays. pic.twitter.com/ji5HR1Qmug
— Beds Fire and Rescue (@BedsFire) October 11, 2023
In a statement on X, formerly known as Twitter, Luton Airport said, “Emergency services remain on the scene following last night’s fire in Terminal Car Park 2.
“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 3pm on Wednesday 11th October.
“Passengers are advised not to travel to the airport at this time, as access remains severely restricted.
“For queries relating to a parked vehicle or future booking please contact [email protected].
“Passengers should contact their airline for information regarding their flight.”