Birmingham Airport passengers reported a three-hour delay due to a lack of aircraft fuel yesterday. It also led to the airport asking pilots flying into the city to hold enough fuel to make their return trips without needing to refuel.
BHX said its local depot which supplies fuel to their on-site fuel vendors had problems with its fuel-mixing process. This in turn slowed down the flow of usable aviation fuel.
It led to some passengers branding the situation “embarrassing”. The airport said the issues have now been resolved.
Taking to Twitter yesterday, Saturday, September 3, Doctor Ali Bigdeli posted: “Almost 3 hours delay getting out of @bhx_official with @TUIUK yesterday when the captain said it was because: Birmingham Intl. Airport ran out of fuel!
“He carried on: ‘I cannot believe this in my 25+ years of service!’ Quite embarrassing @bhx_official.”
An airport spokesman told BirminghamLive: “In the latter half of last week, the local depot, which supplies fuel to our on-site fuel vendors, had problems with its fuel-mixing process.
“This slowed down the flow of usable aviation fuel into BHX, prompting us to ask aircraft flying in, if possible, to hold enough fuel to make their return trips without needing to refuel here.
“We also sourced fuel from other depots across the country to ensure aircraft who did need to refuel were able to. This supply issue is now resolved.”