After suspending all flights due to a massive fire that partially collapsed one of the airport’s multi-story parking lots and injured four firefighters as well as one airport employee, Luton Airport has reopened. At its height, the major incident was reported by the Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service at 9:38 p.m. on Tuesday, involving over 100 firemen, three specialized aerial appliances, and fifteen fire engines. According to the fire department, there has been a “significant structural collapse” in the structure and half of the parking lot is “fully involved in the fire”.There were up to 1,500 cars in the parking lot at the time, according to Andrew Hopkinson, chief fire officer of Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, with up to 1,200 of those being cars.
The first plane to land at the airport was a Wizz Air flight from Cardiff. A Ryanair flight from Luton to Lanzarote took off shortly before 4pm.
It is thought around 25,000 airline passengers were impacted by cancellations and delays, according to an analysis by the Press Association.