Lightning strike causes flight delays at London Stansted airport

A lightning strike temporarily knocked out the fueling system at London Stansted airport on Sunday, May 27, 2018, causing flight delays and cancellations.
A lightning strike temporarily knocked out the fueling system at London Stansted airport on Sunday, May 27, 2018, causing flight delays and cancellations.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (BLOOMBERG) - A lightning strike temporarily knocked out the fueling system Sunday morning (May 27) at London Stansted airport, the biggest base for Ryanair Holdings, causing flight delays and cancellations.

Engineers restored the system, though flights may still be delayed, diverted or canceled at the airport about 64 kilometres north of central London, according to a statement on Stansted's Twitter account.

Stansted is the third-busiest airport in London and a key hub for the discount airline Ryanair.

The Irish carrier cancelled 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.

"We apologise to all customers affected by these disruptions, which are entirely beyond our control," Ryanair said in the statement, declining to quantify the cancellations.