Malta Airport closed after heavy rainfall and lightning strike

Maltese airport was closed for some time because of technical problems affecting air traffic control due to a thunderstorm this morning, 

A number of arrivals and departures were delayed because of problems at air traffic control, which suffered a power cut. Malta Air Traffic Services said its equipment suffered a lightning strike.

A flight from Rome was diverted to Palermo.

Malta International Airport said that following technical issues experienced at Malta Air Traffic Services and the subsequent airport closure as a safety precaution, the following flights were affected:

Ryanair flight FR7591 from Rome Fiumicino
Ryanair flight FR7592 to Rome Fiumicino
Wizzair flight W67766 to Skopje
Airmalta flight KM116 to London Gatwick
Airmalta flight KM306 to Munich

The airspace has now reopened and airport operations have resumed.

Thundery showers are expected to continue through to tomorrow, with isolated rain likely on Wednesday before the weather dries up for the rest of the week. 

Courtesy: Times of Malta
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