ACSA tells passengers not to worry

Tuesday, August 4, 2009
By: 
Chris Bathembu

Pretoria - Airport Company South Africa (ACSA) has advised passengers not to panic or change their travel plans in the wake of feared low fuel levels at the OR Tambo International Airport.

"As a result of interruptions in the supply network in South Africa, low levels in jet fuel are being experienced at OR Tambo International Airport," ACSA spokesman Solomon Makgale said on Tuesday.

Mr Makgale said all airlines operating at the airport have been asked to cut back on their fuel intake on a voluntary basis as a contingency measure to ensure that the stock levels were improved.

He labeled media reports that claimed the airport may run out of fuel in two days as "untrue."

Airlines have been asked to reduce their intake by 30 percent, he said.

According to Mr Makgale, the fuel suppliers, airlines and ACSA met on Monday to assess the situation and would continue to do so over the next couple of days.

"Should the situation not improve, rationing of fuel intake will be made compulsory," he said, adding that although the situation was concerning, the proactive measures would ensure that the airport's stock levels were sufficient to continue operations.

Mr Makgale said all flights were operating as per normal while discussions were underway with Transnet to find a solution. Transnet could not be reached for comment.

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