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Might the UK fuel tanker strike affect plane flights?

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Might the UK fuel tanker strike affect plane flights?

From past experience when there have been fuel shortages, does this ground the planes too? We are flying with Virgin from UK to Orlando over Easter and I'm concerned whether the flight might be delayed because of the strikes.

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1. Re: Might the UK fuel tanker strike affect plane flights?

from what has been said today any strike if going ahead will not be able to take place till after easter.

I don't knoww how the strike will affect avaiation fuel

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2. Re: Might the UK fuel tanker strike affect plane flights?

Fuel into airports is usually piped. Imagine how many tankers would be required to keep Heathrow or Gatwick in Jet A! You'd never be able to get into the airport for all the fuel trucks!

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3. Re: Might the UK fuel tanker strike affect plane flights?

Hi,

OP2002 is very correct.. In fact a 2005 artice spoke to this directly.. and that information is still largely the same today.

The article says..

"BAA gets about a quarter of its Heathrow fuel via a pipeline from a depot at Fawley, near Southampton, and a further quarter from a facility at Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. Another 15% of fuel comes by rail."

Guardian UK:

guardian.co.uk/business/2005/dec/16/buncefie…

(6th paragraph)

The "norm" if you will, is to have either on-site or in an off-site holding depot, ready reserves equal to about 5 to 7 days worth of fuel for full operations..

Travel Safe,

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4. Re: Might the UK fuel tanker strike affect plane flights?

Good point OP2002!! That's very reassuring.

We have enough to fuel to get to the airport but half the garages in our town are closed today because thay have run out.

I thought I had heard there will be a strike on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Hopefully not.

Edited: 30 March 2012, 03:16
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5. Re: Might the UK fuel tanker strike affect plane flights?

I do belive IF a strike goes ahead the unions have to give 7 days notice and as they are not starting negotions untill next Monday at the earliest, Easter will not be affected by shortages well only by the selfish panic buyers !

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6. Re: Might the UK fuel tanker strike affect plane flights?

Do not worry, its not relevant, In any aviation shortage, ie a refinery shuts down, the oil companies are permitted to work together to ensure continuation of supply. However this is not a fuel shortage, and the fuel is directly piped to the airport and is not delivered to these airports by tankers.

Having enough fuel in your car to get there is a different discussion.

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7. Re: Might the UK fuel tanker strike affect plane flights?

Having enough fuel in your car to get there is a different discussion

It's not only passengers getting to airports but what about staff, yes the planes might have a full tank but what about all staff involved who make airports run if they can't get to work Just a thought!

Deb

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8. Re: Might the UK fuel tanker strike affect plane flights?

It's a storm in a teacup.A storm that has been badly handled by the Government's (cannot) think tank.At any suggestion of flights being cancelled because of fuel shortage-it won't happen-steps will be taken to ensure planes and ground/aircrew can operate.

Heaven help us if/when the Government have to react to a real crisis.They have made a right mess of this remote threat. Too much spin,not enough action.Poor MrsT.If she was compus mentis she would despair.She did what she thought was necessary for the good of the country and without asking Bernard Ingram what he thought her Press Advisor should tell the media.

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9. Re: Might the UK fuel tanker strike affect plane flights?

Even if there was a shortage of aviation fuel, planes would still depart, after the explosion at Hemel Hempstead a few years ago that cut short Heathrow's supply, aircraft were rationed to smaller amounts, then simply stopped of en route to refuel...

The big difference here of course, if action does go ahead, how do people get to airports..?

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10. Re: Might the UK fuel tanker strike affect plane flights?

As the 7 days notice has not given by the union to call a strike, all we have at the moment is panic buying.

Although plane flights will be unaffected.