Airlines Warn of Fuel Shortages at Some Airports

By Kurt Stolz on 28 July 2021
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An American Airlines plane at Durango-La Plata County Airport

Airlines in the United States are reporting fuel delivery delays caused by a lack of trucks, truck drivers, and a lack of supply as the demand for travel surges.

American Airlines told its pilots on Monday in a memorandum viewed by Frequent Business Traveler that jet fuel shortages around the country were possible.

“American Airlines station jet fuel delivery delays initially affected mostly western U.S. cities, but are now being reported at American stations across the country,” wrote the airline’s managing director of flight operations, John Dudley, in the memo. “Delivery delays are expected to continue through mid-August.”

The airline will either add fuel stops or practice fuel tankering, which is when an aircraft deliberately carries excess fuel in order to reduce or eliminaterefueling at its destination.

American’s Dudley asked pilots to return to fuel saving strategies such as using only one engine to taxi.

Meanwhile, Delta Air Lines confirmed that it had some fuel delivery delays at smaller western airports but said that the delays haven’t impacted operations.

The airline industry said it is asking federal authorities to address the matter.

“We have been and continue to be in communication with federal authorities and pipeline operators to address this jet fuel capacity issue,” said Airlines for America, an industry trade group that represents major U.S. airlines.

The shortages come at a time where travel is at peak pandemic levels and airlines are struggling to fill positions in reservation centers and airport operational roles.

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