Luton Airport terminal causing long delays after torrential downpours

Angry passengers are facing severe delays after ‘unprecedented rainfall’ led to flooding at Luton Airport.

Shocking footage posted on social media shows a torrent of water flowing through the terminal, with holidaymakers saying the airport is in ‘meltdown’.

Rain was seen leaking through the ceiling and adding to large puddles as passengers looked on in surprise.

Shocking footage posted on social media shows a torrent of water flowing through the terminal (pictured), with holidaymakers saying the airport is in 'meltdown'

Shocking footage posted on social media shows a torrent of water flowing through the terminal (pictured), with holidaymakers saying the airport is in 'meltdown'

Shocking footage posted on social media shows a torrent of water flowing through the terminal (pictured), with holidaymakers saying the airport is in ‘meltdown’

Passenger Claudia Harris posted footage of the scene on social media (pictured). In the clip, she can be heard saying: 'That's all water coming through, it's flooding right now'

Passenger Claudia Harris posted footage of the scene on social media (pictured). In the clip, she can be heard saying: 'That's all water coming through, it's flooding right now'

Passenger Claudia Harris posted footage of the scene on social media (pictured). In the clip, she can be heard saying: ‘That’s all water coming through, it’s flooding right now’

Some travellers even had to evacuate their planes due to the extreme weather.

Love Island’s Zara McDermott and her Made In Chelsea boyfriend Sam Thompson were caught up in the chaos.

The reality TV stars posted on social media footage of the water pouring through a restaurant’s roof in the airport this evening.

Ms McDermott posted with the clip: ‘The roof is coming down in Luton Airport wtf. Sat in Bella Italia.

‘I cannot believe this is happening, was just trying to enjoy my pizza.’

Ms McDermott can be heard in the footage shouting ‘I’m getting wet Sam.’

She added: ‘Oh my God, this is insane.’

Some travellers even had to evacuate their planes due to the extreme weather this afternoon. It led to a build up of crowds in the small airport (pictured)

Some travellers even had to evacuate their planes due to the extreme weather this afternoon. It led to a build up of crowds in the small airport (pictured)

Some travellers even had to evacuate their planes due to the extreme weather this afternoon. It led to a build up of crowds in the small airport (pictured)

Fellow traveller Claudia Harris posted footage of the scene on social media and said the airport had gone into ‘meltdown’.

In the clip, she can be heard saying:  ‘That’s all water coming through, it’s flooding right now.’

Evan Hood said he had been cleared off a plane which was just about to take off.

He added: ‘We were sitting on an #easyjet at #lutonairport when that rain hit…and then our plane started smoking.’ 

Koldo Almandoz, said: ‘Absolutely unacceptable the level of disruption caused by 15 minutes worth of rainfall, I’m losing my flight because I lost +45 mins due to traffic, security queues etc.’

Another wrote: ‘What an absolute joke of an airport.’

And Melissa Restrepo added: ‘Stuck in the plane at Luton Airport because apparently the terminal was flooded by a quick rain. Fun.’

The airport said in a statement the ‘unprecedented rainfall’ had caused ‘water damage in a number of locations in the terminal’ and apologised for the disruption.

The airport’s Twitter account later said: ‘We are working as quickly as we can to get services back to normal and will keep passengers updated. We are sorry for the inconvenience caused.’

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