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US: Amid Shortage Of Jet Fuel, Flights Operating From Nevada Airport Face Delays

Officials have said that no major harm has been done to the schedule but in case the fuel shortage continues it can cause disruption at the airport.

US: Amid Shortage Of Jet Fuel, Flights Operating From Nevada Airport Face Delays
Nevada's political leaders issued a statement late Saturday pledging to minimise disruption at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport | Representational Image
US: Amid Shortage Of Jet Fuel, Flights Operating From Nevada Airport Face Delays
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2021-07-25T11:48:57+05:30

The airport serving Nevada's second-largest metro area faces a shortage of jet fuel that could force the cancellation of cargo and passenger fights, potentially restricting the flow of tourists and essential goods into the northern part of the state.

Nevada's political leaders issued a statement late Saturday pledging to minimise disruption at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport and ensure the aerial fight against Western wildfires isn't hampered. Besides serving Reno, a popular gambling destination, the airport is the nearest passenger terminal to Lake Tahoe.

“To be clear, further failure to secure adequate fuel supplies is unacceptable,” wrote Gov. Steve Sisolak, Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen, and US Rep. Mark Amodei.

Airport officials across the US West have voiced concerns about jet fuel shortages and their effect on what is shaping up to be a very busy wildfire season.

Jet fuel demand declined sharply and supply chains atrophied during the coronavirus pandemic, according to aviation supply companies, jet fuel transport companies, and others. They have yet to bounce back in the West even as the economy picks up and people flock to airports for long-delayed trips.

Stacey Sunday, a spokeswoman for the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, said the Reno airport's shortage is caused by a confluence of factors, including a scarcity of tanker truck drivers and high demand from passenger airlines and firefighting aircraft. The airport's longest runway is also under construction, limiting how much extra fuel airlines can load onto inbound flights because heavier loads require longer stopping distances.

"There's just nobody available to drive the trucks of fuel in here," Sunday said.

It's hard to predict how long the shortage will last, Sunday said. There have not been major impacts so far, but problems could arise in the coming days, she said.

Passengers were advised to check with their airline for any delays.

The governor and federal lawmakers said in their statement that they learned of the potential fuel shortage “earlier this week.”

“We are currently speaking to all responsible parties to understand how this situation occurred and prevent future shortages, but our immediate focus is on ensuring resources to combat Western wildfires are not impacted and that there is as little disruption as possible for Nevadans and visitors who depend on reliable air service," they said.

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