The aviation chaos in Europe has been exacerbated by another circumstance: extreme heat literally melts airport runways, which is why planes simply cannot take off or land. At least, tourists at the British airport Luton faced this. The airport officially confirmed a “surface defect” due to hot weather and the cessation of sending and receiving aircraft.
So, due to the heat in Luton, flights were forced to suspend, which caused chaos for families traveling during the summer holidays. “After today's high temperatures, a surface defect was identified on the runway. Engineers were immediately called to the site and repairs are currently underway to resume operations as soon as possible. We would like to apologize for any inconvenience caused,” the airport said in a statement.
It is known that extreme heat – and in the UK the thermometer is approaching 40 degrees and residents are advised not to leave their homes unless necessary – has damaged infrastructure and at other airports, such as RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.
However, on the continent, the heat has led to much more problems for tourists. Temperatures around +40 and an almost complete lack of precipitation for a couple of months led to forest fires almost throughout the Mediterranean. Over 16,000 people have been evacuated in France; in Croatia, the fire almost reached the Sibenik resort, they “fought it off” only with the help of fire helicopters, and in Portugal, near the Algarve, the fire threatens Abramovich’s villa. Read the details at the link.
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