Quantcast
Transport Airports

Fear of gas shortages prompts airlines to carry extra fuel on flights to NYC

Skift Take

Airports insist there’s enough fuel, but mile-long lines at gas stations tell a different story and airlines are taking precautions to make sure their customers and employees don’t add to the backlog.

— Samantha Shankman

Fears of a jet fuel shortage at New York’s airports have led some airlines to take the unusual — and costly — step of putting extra fuel on inbound planes.

The worries follow Superstorm Sandy, which has disrupted Northeast fuel supplies and power.

US Airways, Southwest Airlines, and Republic Airlines are among the carriers loading up with extra fuel to allow their planes to fly out again.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airports, says despite the airlines’ actions, there is “an adequate supply.” It refused to elaborate.

Other airlines, including American Airlines and Spirit Airlines, have chosen not to add extra fuel to inbound flights.

New York’s three major airports were closed for several days following Sandy. All had re-opened by Thursday morning.

More Stories Below ▼
Daily Travel Startup Watch: The Hotels Network, TravelTag and More
The Vacation Rental Technology Ecosystem
Trend Report

The Vacation Rental Technology Ecosystem

St. Regis Hotels Invests in Long-Form Editorial for Its Digital Travel Magazine
Video: How Amsterdam is Rethinking Urban User Experience to Build the City of the Future

Video: How Amsterdam is Rethinking Urban User Experience to Build the City of the Future

Skift Business Traveler: Delta Woos Corporate Business Travelers With Promises
Free Report: What Millennials Want in Meetings