Measures have been taken to address the kerosene shortage at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, says Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula.
The fuel shortage was a result of the floods in KwaZulu-Natal, which affected transport infrastructure and disrupted supply chains, Mbalula said on Friday.
“We are pleased that Airports Company SA (Acsa) has worked tirelessly to solve this challenge by working with relevant stakeholders and other government bodies.” the minister said in a statement.
“OR Tambo International’s kerosene supply has now been stabilized. We also welcome the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) issued by ACSA, advising all airlines, both international and domestic, on measures to be implemented to avoid disruption to air traffic.
“The The aviation sector is a critical enabler of economic activity that needs our support to ensure it contributes to the economic recovery from the devastation caused by Covid-19. We would therefore like to reassure the aviation sector that there is sufficient fuel at OR Tambo International Airport and at all our domestic airports.
“Acsa is doing everything in its power and working closely together with oil suppliers to ensure there is sufficient fuel stock at all times.”
Mbalula encouraged airlines to communicate with Acsa to resolve any uncertainties on the matter, rather than canceling flights.
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