Manchester Airport runs out of fuel for the first time in its history: Daily Mail

Posted: June 7, 2012 in Airlines, Aviation & Airports (General News), Manchester Airport
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[Daily Mail] Thousands of holidaymakers endured widespread delays this morning after Manchester Airport ran out of fuel for the first time in its history, leaving 13 flights stranded on the Tarmac.

The airport uses three million litres of fuel a day

The airport uses three million litres of fuel a day. Photo: Wikipedia

Over a dozen flights were left stranded on the tarmac awaiting refuel this morning, 12 planes affected were European short haul flights to Spain, Portugal and Greece, one flight to Tunisia ws elayed by two-and-a-half hours.

Aircraft have been battling the problem at the airport since yesterday afternoon, eventually sparking delays today which saw passengers on one flight to Tunisia having to wait an extra two-and-a-half hours.

Airport officials had today rectified last night’s problem, which was caused by production problems at its supplier, the Essar refinery, near Ellesmere Port on Merseyside.

But a handful of airlines waiting to refuel to leave the airport will not be able to draw on the replenished stocks until 8.30am.

The airport confirmed this morning that of the 13 flights affected, one was to Tunisia, while the others were all short haul European flights to mainland destinations in the likes of Spain, Portugal and Greece.

Most flights were delayed for less that 30 minutes, but a flight to Tunisia scheduled to leave at 6am was delayed for two-and-a-half hours. An airport spokesman today insisted they were close to ‘business as usual’, but conceded there had been a ‘very small number of delays’

The problem arose after jet fuel supplies from Stanlow in nearby Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, were disrupted because of quality concerns at the oil refinery.

The spokesperson said: ‘Most of the flights are operating normally. There were no cancellations, no diversions, and most of the airlines have made contingency plans for fuel.

‘There have been a small number of delays while airlines that have brought a single load of fuel wait for fuel at 8.30am……

Read the rest of this story at The Daily Mail…..

By Martin Robinson and Chris Parsons
6th June 2012


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