Auckland Jet Fuel Shortage To Last For Days

Modesto Morganelli
Settembre 21, 2017

The move has led to many flights being cancelled and others to divert to alternate airports for refuelling.

However, there are still delays, some lengthy, as airlines get into the swing of coping with less - 30 per cent - of their normal fuel usage.

Energy Minister Judith Collins said 14 flights have been cancelled today.

Air New Zealand believes it won't have to cancel any flights because of fuel issues tomorrow and says its planes should run according to schedule.

Auckland Airport said it is working with airlines to minimise the impact on passengers and recommended they check with their airline for flight information.

It had also lifted its unusual restriction on long-haul ticket sales for services over the coming days, however some restrictions remain on selected transtasman and Pacific Island trips.

Qantas is weighing up a similar decision, although the airline is pressing Airbus and Boeing to further extend the range of both aircraft in order to launch direct flights from Sydney and Melbourne to London - flights which would take some 20 hours, compared to 18 hours to NY.

However, while Qantas sees non-stop flights as bait for business travellers, Air New Zealand considers the NZ-US routes as primarily for "premium leisure travellers" rather than "corporate road warriors", airline CEO Chris Luxon tells Forbes.

The pipeline and associated fuel shortages are expected to be fixed sometime between Sunday September 24th and Tuesday 26th.

However, settling, recertification and transport to the airport for use would take an additional 30 hours.

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