by Iain Roberts on 6 June, 2012
Despite a lot of speculation, it seems the reality of Manchester Airport’s fuel problems are looking a little more mundane and it may well be that relatively few travellers are inconvenienced.
Here is the latest statement from Manchester Airport, published at 5pm on 6th June 2012.
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Today the airline fuel supply companies operating at Manchester Airport are experiencing temporary problems with their supply of aviation fuel from Essar refinery.
Whilst a stock of aviation fuel is stored on site, as a precaution, airlines have been advised to carry additional fuel wherever possible.
Although this is a short term problem, until it is resolved, airlines might not be able to refuel aircraft at Manchester Airport which is why contingency plans have been put in place.
Experts from the fuel companies, the airport and airlines are working hard to resolve the issue and minimise any impact.
Whilst we do not expect this to cause widespread disruption, it is possible that some airlines may decide to cancel, divert or delay a small number of flights from 18:00 tonight into tomorrow morning.
We would advise all passengers travelling this evening and tomorrow morning to check their flight status with the airline before coming to the airport.
We would like to apologise for any disruption that this may cause and assure our customers that everything possible is being done to return operations to normal. Further updates will be issued when more information is available.