A fuel shortage at Orlando International Airport could impact flights
Orlando International Airport announced on Sunday that a jet fuel shortage caused by weather issues along the Gulf Coast could impact flights.
The airport could continue to have supply problems until Tuesday.
Some airlines add extra stops to refuel.
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If you are traveling to or from Orlando this week, it is advisable to check your flight status with your airline.
Operations Update: Weather issues along the Gulf Coast had prevented the delivery of reserve jet fuel supplies to MCO. The weather has risen and the ships have left. If flight disruptions occur, airline contingency plans are currently in place. Thank you for your patience.
— Orlando International Airport (@MCO) December 11, 2022
USA today reported:
The Federal Aviation Administration is warning pilots that Orlando International Airport (MCO) is running out of fuel, which could mean misfires in the days ahead for travelers.
In an official advisory, the agency said the airport could continue to have supply problems until around 7 p.m. Tuesday, and suggests airlines should be ready to operate flights to the airport with sufficient of fuel on board to leave.
Some carriers are already making adjustments to their operations as a result, and at least one has issued a waiver for travelers to or from Orlando.
Airlines have already started to react. United Airlines said in a statement that some of its flights will add additional stops for refueling.
“Due to a fuel shortage in Orlando that is affecting multiple airlines, we will be adding scheduled fuel stops on Sunday and Monday for select flights departing Orlando. At this time, we plan to operate our full schedule to bring our customers to their destinations as scheduled,” an airline spokesperson said.
Southwest Airlines told USA TODAY it expects no operational impact to its flights.