Passengers flying to or from Luton Airport have been urged to contact their airlines after an earlier power outage this morning wreaked havoc and caused flights to be delayed or diverted
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Passengers hoping to depart from Luton Airport are facing travel nightmares today as a power outage has grounded flights.
Engineers have already fixed the issue, which is believed to have started around 6am this morning, but is expected to impact flights for most of today.
Passengers scheduled to fly out have been advised to contact their airlines, while those already airborne have been diverted to other airports.
A spokesman for London Luton Airport said in a statement: “Following a power outage in the area this morning, a temporary loss of navigational aids at the airport resulted in some disruptions to flights.
“Engineers quickly resolved the issue and operations have returned to normal, although some consequential delays are likely.
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“Passengers should check with their airlines about the status of their flight.
“We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused.”
Several affected people took to social media following the power outage this morning.
A dissatisfied passenger said: “Not a single flight gets off @LDNLutonAirport Luton after power outage at 6:30am.”
Another, already airborne, added menacingly: “Luton is out of power so our flight from Kraków has now landed in East Midlands.”
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Airplane tracking site Sky Scanner showed some flights are being diverted to other UK airports – one had to land in Paris due to the disruption.
The problems also affect those on the ground waiting to pick up their loved ones.
One person complained: “Thank you for diverting my daughter’s flight to East Midlands Airport instead.
” Shouldn’t all systems be backed up by battery and generator backups to ensure such disruptions don’t occur?
“A lot of companies need to do this for their computer systems. Airplane navigation is a must.”
To date, up to twelve flights are said to have been canceled at the airport.
Thousands of Brits have faced travel chaos this week amid warnings the nightmares ruining half-term breaks for thousands of families could continue into 2023.
The message from the boss of Britain’s largest union Unite will spell misery for millions who have not had a short break since the pandemic began in 2020.
And it will be cold comfort for passengers who have faced huge queues this week to check in or collect bags, and waited hours for flights to depart or had their trips canceled altogether.
More travel hell has hit some today as they try to fly home – and experts predicted the chaos could get worse today as thousands return from their breaks.
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