Runway at Luton Airport Begins to Lift Due to Extreme Heat, Is Closed for Two Hours

The Luton runway was closed for nearly two hours on Monday, prompting airlines to delay or divert flights as temperatures rose above 37 degrees Celsius.

A long-standing patch repair to a small section of the runway – the equivalent of 0.2% of the entire surface area – became so hot that it de-bonded and began to lift, a spokesperson for the airport said on Friday, adding it was repaired within two hours.