Flights at Luton Airport have been suspended due to a runway defect caused by Monday’s high temperatures.
A statement posted to the airport’s Twitter account just after 4.20pm said: “A surface defect has been identified on the runway following today’s high temperatures.
“Engineers were immediately called to the site and repair work is currently underway to resume operations as soon as possible.
“We would like to apologize for the inconvenience caused.”
Nine incoming passenger flights have been diverted so far – mainly to nearby Stansted. These include Ryanair flights from Athens, Zante and Las Palmas, easyJet from Catania and Tui from Skiathos.
Gatwick was the diversion destination for an easyJet flight from Marrakech and Wizz Air arrivals from Budapest and Tirana.
The disruption is expected to affect operations through the end of the day, with cancellations almost inevitable.
It comes as the British experience an unprecedented heat wave in July with temperatures between 35 and 43 degrees Celsius Forecast in some parts of the country on Monday and Tuesday.