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US Nevada airport faces flight delays from jet fuel shortage

12:11  25 july  2021
12:11  25 july  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Airport officials facing jet fuel shortages are concerned they’ll have to wave off planes and helicopters that drop fire retardants during what could be a ferocious wildfire season, potentially endangering surrounding communities. It’s not clear if jet fuel supplies and delivery systems can be bolstered in time for this wildfire season to avoid potential problems keeping firefighting aircraft aloft if multiple large fires break out around the West. Airport officials, aviation supply companies and jet fuel transport companies said jet fuel demand declined sharply and supply chains atrophied during the coronavirus

The shortages also mean domestic flights operating into Melbourne will need to carry more fuel than normal to prevent Melbourne Airport 's supplies being exhausted. A spokesperson for ExxonMobil, which manages the airport 's fuel supply on behalf of all fuel providers, said today's problems were A spokesperson for Melbourne Airport said in a statement the airport was working closely with airlines to manage the shortage . "Melbourne Airport understands that airlines are managing potential impacts and that there has been limited impact on airline schedules at this stage," the spokesperson said.

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The airport serving Nevada’s second largest metro area faces a shortage of jet fuel that could force the cancellation of cargo and passenger fights, potentially restricting the flow of tourists and essential goods into the northern part of the state.

Nevada’s political leaders issued a statement late Saturday pledging to minimize disruption at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport and ensure the aerial fight against Western wildfires isn’t hampered. Besides serving Reno, a popular gambling destination, the airport is the nearest passenger terminal to Lake Tahoe.

“To be clear, further failure to secure adequate fuel supplies is unacceptable,” wrote Gov. Steve Sisolak, Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen, and U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei.

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ExxonMobil, which manages the fuel supply at the airport on behalf of all suppliers, said the issue arose after disruptions to jet fuel deliveries from terminals across Melbourne in recent weeks. “Supply has started to resume from some of the impacted terminals which may help bolster supply at the airport and soon alleviate the need for customer allocations,” the company said in a statement. The shortage had sent thousands of travel plans into chaos and planes had been delayed across the network.

Airport officials across the U.S. West have voiced concerns about jet fuel shortages and their effect on what is shaping up to be a very busy wildfire season.

Jet fuel demand declined sharply and supply chains atrophied during the coronavirus pandemic, according to aviation supply companies, jet fuel transport companies and others. They have yet to bounce back in the West even as the economy picks up and people flock to airports for long-delayed trips.


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Stacey Sunday, a spokeswoman for the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, said the Reno airport's shortage is caused by a confluence of factors, including a scarcity of tanker truck drivers and high demand from passenger airlines and firefighting aircraft. The airport's longest runway is also under construction, limiting how much extra fuel airlines can load onto inbound flights because heavier loads require longer stopping distances.

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No surprise Nigeria has jet fuel shortages . And it is probably due to a lack of hard currency to pay for refined oil products. They are having a bad hard currency crisis and also gasoline shortages . Just looked at the Heathrow arrivals web page and BA/VS flights today arrived OK and the Arik from Lagos tonight is shown as due at 2035 - two hours late. Overseas operators have somewhat deeper pockets and can secure batches of jet A1 more easily when scarcity looms. Or fill up the tanks to the brim when leaving LHR, AMS, FRA or CDG.

"There’s just nobody available to drive the trucks of fuel in here," Sunday said.

It's hard to predict how long the shortage will last, Sunday said. There have not been major impacts so far, but problems could arise in the coming days, she said.

Passengers were advised to check with their airline for any delays.

The governor and federal lawmakers said in their statement that they learned of the potential fuel shortage “earlier this week.”

“We are currently speaking to all responsible parties to understand how this situation occurred and prevent future shortages, but our immediate focus is on ensuring resources to combat Western wildfires are not impacted and that there is as little disruption as possible for Nevadans and visitors who depend on reliable air service," they said.

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