Ryanair was forced to detour some of its flights to London’s Luton Airport earlier today after the heat wave surrounding Britain melted part of the runway.

There were four flights from Dublin Airport to Luton tonight, but a Ryanair spokesman said these flights had never been affected.

However, many Ryanair flights were diverted from Luton to London Stansted Airport “due to a temporary runway defect at London Luton Airport.”

“We sincerely apologize to the affected customers for the inconvenience that resulted from this runway defect at London Luton Airport, which is completely out of control of Ryanair,” she added.

A detour took place after the Met Office issued an unprecedented red warning against extreme heat as temperatures were expected to rise to 38 degrees Celsius and rise further on Tuesday. ..

An engineer was called to Luton Airport to investigate what is called a “surface defect” on the runway.

PA News reported that footage from the tarmac revealed a large rectangular area being examined by people wearing high-visibility vests on Monday afternoon.

A statement from the airport said: “After today’s high temperatures, surface defects have been identified on the runway.

“The engineer is immediately called to the site and repair work is currently underway and will resume work as soon as possible.

“We apologize for any inconvenience.”

Meanwhile, the Royal Air Force’s Brize Norton also stopped flying, and Sky News reported that part of the runway had melted.

A RAF spokesman said:

“This means that there is no impact on the operation of the RAF.”

According to the Met Office, mercury reached 36.1 ° C in Brize Norton and 36 ° C in Luton.

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