Fuel meant to reach Cape Town by Sunday 25 September hasn’t arrived as the vessel transporting the shipment is still en route.
According to News24 Business, Cape Town International Airport has stock for at least four more days.
“The initial estimate was that supplies would stabilise by 2 October, but according to an airline CEO whose identity is known to News24 but who requested anonymity, the latest estimate for normalisation is likely only by 3 October.”
Jet fuel suppliers have delivered an additional 2 million litres to avoid pressure soon. At the moment Airports Company SA (ACSA) have had to engage in fuel rationing.
The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) “appreciates the efforts being made by ACSA to manage fuel stocks at the Cape Town International Airport. However, the escalation of jet fuel rations throws into sharp focus South Africa’s vulnerability when it comes to imported jet fuel.”
Jet fuel suppliers and the government are urged to work together towards a better plan that avoids future disruptions.