Stansted Airport: Flight disruption after lighting strike - are you affected? Full list

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption Passengers at the airport found the delays'irritating

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Passengers at the airport found the delays'irritating

British meteorologists said thousands of lightning strikes hit the United Kingdom during a powerful overnight thunderstorm, and a London-area airport reported flight disruptions Sunday after an aircraft refueling system was damaged.

There were cancellations and delays following a thunderstorm and lightning strikes overnight.

An update from the airport itself explained that an "earlier lightning strike" had made the fuel system "unavailable".

"A number of flights have regrettably been cancelled at Stansted Airport this morning due to an earlier airport fueling system failure, caused by a lightning strike", a Ryanair spokesman said.

A spokeswoman said engineers had since restored the system but "flights may be diverted, delayed or cancelled".

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

Britain is in the middle of a long holiday weekend, and budget airline Ryanair couldn't say how many of its flights had been affected at the airport, but was offering full refunds to some.

"We apologise to all customers affected by these disruptions, which are entirely beyond our control".

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