London, fire in a car park at Luton airport: flights stopped

Due to a fire that caused the partial collapse of a car park, London Luton airport has suspended all flights until 3pm today local time, 1pm in Italy. The airport, which saw 13 million people pass through in 2022, is located about 400 kilometers north of central London and is served by several low-cost airlines. “The safety of our passengers and staff remains our main priority: we have therefore taken the decision to suspend all flights”, the airport announced, advising users not to go to the airport “as access remains very limited” . Five people were injured and hospitalized. These are four firefighters, of the approximately one hundred who intervened, and an airport employee, all rescued due to respiratory problems.

Fire put out

The fire brigade declared in a note released this morning that the flames are under control and that an assessment has been launched to assess the extent of the “significant structural collapse” of part of the building. There are around 1,500 vehicles inside the car park and many may have been damaged. The fire, believed to be of accidental origin, apparently started from a vehicle that arrived more or less at the same time as the first flames broke out. Images broadcast by British media showed a multi-storey building on fire near a terminal. “The structure of the building has suffered significant collapse,” Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said on X. Some passengers, quoted by British media, said their flight was canceled after they had already boarded.