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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:
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.
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:
Bedfordshire police issued the following statement:
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
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