New Zealand jet fuel shortage leaves passengers stranded

New Zealand jet fuel shortage leaves passengers stranded

New Zealand jet fuel shortage leaves passengers stranded

Written by Keshala Dias

18 Sep, 2017 | 3:14 pm

Thousands of airline passengers were stranded in Auckland on Monday after a burst pipeline cut jet fuel supplies to New Zealand’s largest airport.

Flights have been affected, with airlines told to fill plane tanks to capacity at other airports before flying to Auckland, and long-haul international flights told to plan for re-fueling stops in Australia and the Pacific Islands, according to Air New Zealand. The airline predicted about 2,000 passengers a day would be affected.

The disruption is expected to last at least a week as work continues to repair the pipe, an operator said.

Meantime, the country’s defence force and government agencies were activated to help speed up the transport of essential fuel to Auckland.

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