Cape Town International Airport

Cape Town flights are arriving and departing as scheduled, despite a fuel shortage at South Africa’s second-largest airport. Image: Adobe Stock

Cape Town flights to continue despite fuel shortage crisis – UPDATE

Cape Town flights are arriving and departing as scheduled, despite a fuel shortage at South Africa’s second-largest airport.

Cape Town International Airport

Cape Town flights are arriving and departing as scheduled, despite a fuel shortage at South Africa’s second-largest airport. Image: Adobe Stock

Cape Town flights are arriving and departing as scheduled, despite a fuel shortage at South Africa’s second-largest airport.

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After asking airlines earlier this week to limit their fuel intake in Cape Town, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) said on Twitter on Tuesday that it has a contingency plan to tackle the issue.

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The airport only has a few days of jet fuel left after a shipment that was due to arrive last week was delayed by more than seven days, Mark Maclean, regional general manager of the Cape Town International Airport, said in an interview with eNCA.

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The cargo is now expected to arrive by Sunday, 2 October or Monday, 3 October, he said.

Limited Cape Town flights will dent tourism

According to Bloomberg, limiting flights into Cape Town could dent a recovery in tourism to the city and the Western Cape province from the effects of Covid-19 and associated lockdowns, just as summer gets underway.

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Prices of domestic air tickets have surged after the collapse of Comair, the South African partner of British Airways and owner of low-cost carrier Kulula, which operated about 40% of local flights.

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