Manchester Airport fuel stocks back to normal

 

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Fuel supplies at Manchester Airport have returned to normal, airport bosses said today.

Production problems at its supplier meant the airport temporarily did not have enough aviation fuel yesterday.

Fears were voiced that it could prompt a string of flight cancellations and delays if stocks were not replenished until early today.

The supply from the Essar refinery near Ellesmere Port was interrupted though for just 15 minutes after running out at 5.15pm.

A total of three million litres of fuel was supplied overnight to the airport's fuel storage facility and meant operations returned to normal at 8.30am today, the airport said.

Thirteen flights were delayed because of the glitch, with 12 waiting for less than 30 minutes, while 17 departure flights also made a short stop at other UK airports to top up fuel before completing the onward journey.

Chris Formby, operations director at Manchester Airport, said: "Although we initially warned about the potential for some cancellations and diversions based on the information from the fuel companies yesterday afternoon, disruption to passengers has been kept to an absolute minimum thanks to the airlines and the Essar refinery.

"On behalf of the thousands of passengers travelling today and last night, we would like to thank our airline partners for the huge effort they put into contingency planning to mitigate the highly unusual problem with the fuel supply.

"Although it was only a relatively small number of people affected, we are also grateful to those passengers who were delayed this morning for their patience and understanding."

He added a review into the incident would take place.

The airport uses around three million litres of aviation fuel per day. This is the equivalent of 79 road tankers, which carry approximately 38,000 litres per vehicle.

The fuel supply comes from the refinery via a pipeline which is capable of pumping 250,000 litres an hour.

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