All flights into and out of Luton airport suspended after suspicious item found

Evacuated passengers outside London Luton Airport this afternoon (Picture: Freddie Dolton)

Evacuated passengers outside London Luton Airport this afternoon (Picture: Freddie Dolton) - Credit: Archant

All incoming flights into Luton airport have been suspended this afternoon due to a security alert.

London Luton Airport has been evacuated this afternoon due to a security alert

London Luton Airport has been evacuated this afternoon due to a security alert - Credit: Archant

The airport has been evacuated and the approach road to the airport has also been closed.

A statement on London Luton Airport’s website said: “London Luton Airport has evacuated the terminal building after a suspicious item was found in the security search area.

The decision has been taken with the police to ensure the safety and security of passengers and staff.

All incoming flights have been suspended and the approach road to the airport has also been closed.

Passengers are advised to contact their airlines to establish the status of their flights.

Further updates regarding the security and operations at the airport will be provided as soon as possible.”

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UPDATE: All flights in and out of Luton airport have now been suspended.

Flights are being diverted to Gatwick, Birmingham, Stansted and Southend airports.

Bomb disposal vehicles have also been seen on the site in the last hour.

The airport and road approaching the airport remain closed to the public.

A spokesman said: “We understand passengers will be frustrated by the delays they are experiencing.

We are working closely with the police to ensure passengers are not inconvenienced unnecessarily but we must ensure that the safety and security of all our passengers and staff remains our top priority.”

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