JOHANNESBURG – Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has reassured airlines across the country that the jet fuel shortage at OR Tambo International Airport has been resolved.
“We are pleased that the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has worked tirelessly to resolve this challenge, working with relevant stakeholders and other organs of state. The jet fuel supply to OR Tambo International has now been stabilised.
“We also welcome the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) issued by ACSA, advising all airlines, both international and domestic, on measures being implemented to obviate disruptions to air services,” said Mbalula.
The jet fuel crisis saw the country’s biggest airport experience bottlenecks, leading to at least one airline, US United Airlines, canceling flights over the weekend.
The jet fuel crisis has been partly attributed to floods which have devastated parts of KwaZulu-Natal and damaged transport infrastructure, affecting the jet fuel supply chain from Durban to Johannesburg.
Mbalula said the issue was resolved after meetings with the Department of Natural Resources and the South African Airports Corporation.