Huge lightning storms in United Kingdom disrupt travel at London airport

Marco Green
May 28, 2018

Hundreds of passengers have been left stranded and flights disrupted at Stansted Airport after the fuelling system was damaged by a lightning strike.

The Thomas Cook MT1958 flight from London Stansted Airport to Reus Airport, in Spain's Catalonia region, touched down in Norwich this morning to refuel.

Yet flights could still be diverted, delayed or even cancelled, with passengers being advised to check with their airline for updates.

Thunderstorms and torrential rain have swept across parts of southern Britain, with lightning flashing across the sky.

Flights were forced to remain grounded after the lightning strikes reportedly destroyed the airport's fuelling system. Another 31 departures and 18 arrivals were cancelled, according media citing FlightStats, which provides data on commercial aviation.

Flights are delayed at London Stansted Airport. The Irish carrier canceled a number of flights and is advising customers of their options, including a full refund or a free transfer to the next available flight, it said in an emailed statement.

The Ireland-based airline apologised to those affected, but said the disruptions were beyond the company's control.

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