Flights at Luton airport have now resumed after yesterday's security alert. The area was effectively shut down in the afternoon while bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion on an object found in the security area. Many inbound flights were redirected to Stansted and Birmingham.
Late last night, a spokesman for Luton Airport said:
"Flights in and out of London Luton Airport have now resumed following the earlier evacuation due to a security alert.
"We are working hard throughout the night and into tomorrow morning when we expect operations to return to normal."
Luton based airline Easyjet has cancelled all flights out of the airport until Tuesday morning, following a security aleart earlier. A suspicious package was found in the security area at about 1.30pm, prompting an evacuation and the effective closure of the airport. Other flights have been diverted to Stansted and Birmingham.
Flights will shortly resume operating to and from the Airport. Thank you for your patience.
If you were a pre-booked car park customer, there will be no overstay charges for late return due to today's incident.
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Luton Airport is set to re-open, although there are likely to be delays for the rest of the evening.
The airport has just released this statement:
The police have successfully concluded their investigation inside the terminal and have confirmed that the Airport is now safe for normal operations to resume. Airport staff are now working hard to re-open the terminal and get flights moving as soon as possible. We thank passengers for their patience and advise they contact their airlines for latest flight information.
We can confirm that controlled explosion has taken place at Luton Airport. Item is safe. Airport opening soon but there will be delays.
Bedfordshire police issued the following statement:
"London Luton Airport is in the process of reopening following a security alert that took place earlier this afternoon.
"Officers were called to the departure terminal at 1.36pm after airport security raised concerns about an item that was passed through a security check in keeping with the airport’s policies and procedures.
"Members of the public were evacuated from the terminal area as a safety precaution while the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team were called in to undertake the necessary checks required.
"A controlled explosion was conducted at 5.15pm and it was confirmed that the item destroyed, although deemed suspicious, did not present a wider danger.
Bedfordshire Police can confirm that no one has been arrested in relation to this incident."
Passengers have telling ITV News Anglia about the evacuation of the terminal building at Luton airport because of a suspicious package.
Bomb squad officers carried out a controlled explosion and police confirmed it was not a home-made bomb.
Bomb disposal squad officers have carried out a controlled explosion at Luton airport.
Bedfordshire police have confirmed that the package was "not a home-made bomb."
The following Luton flights have been diverted to Stansted:
- EZY 2264 from Barcelona
- EZY 3567
- TOM 343 from Dalaman
- TOM5119 from Las Palma
- TOM5133 from Funchal
- W61009 from Katowice
- EZY 072 from Glasgow
- RYR 3473 from Rzeszow
- EZY 2403 Malaga
The following flights have been diverted to Birmingham:
- EZY154 from Inverness
- FR2307 from Bratislava
All flights have been suspended, the roads between Junction 10A of the M1 leading up to the Airport have been closed.
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