“That’ll carry about 3.5 million litres of jet fuel, which is equivalent to about 120 road tankers”, he said.
Fuel allocations to airlines at Auckland Airport have been increased and flight schedules are returning to normal, as the fuel pipeline fix is on track to be completed well before school holidays begin, says Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins.
“The government will continue to do everything it can to support industry efforts to address the disruption”, Collins said in statement.
New Zealand lawmakers and public employees were told to cancel all nonessential flights to and from Auckland.
Philippine Airlines (PAL) will soon cut back on flights from Manila to Auckland, New Zealand due to a fuel crisis that hit the city.
Airways New Zealand system operations acting general manager Tim Boyle said: “Given the extraordinary need to conserve fuel at this time, we hope Aucklanders understand the need to temporarily increase the maximum number of flights on Green X23A – which has been made in the best interests of the city and the country”.
BARNZ executive director Justin Tighe-Umbers said: “Airlines are now doing everything they can to save and conserve fuel, given the fuel rationing put in place by the oil companies”.
Overnight, Australia’s Qantas Airways operated two flights from Australia, nicknamed “fuel mules”, carrying fuel to top up Jetstar and Qantas aircraft in Auckland, the airline said.
Fuel rationing is expected to last for another week, and the opposition Labour Party has pounced on the disruption to criticize the National Party over infrastructure shortfalls ahead of Saturday’s national election.
Refueling was carried out in Brisbane before heading for Cairns.