Pipeline outage forces American Airlines to add stops to some long-haul flights, Southwest flies in …

pipeline outage forces american airlines to add stops to some long haul flights southwest flies in fuel

Holding tanks are seen at Colonial Pipeline’s Charlotte Airport Delivery Facility in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S. an undated photograph.

U.S. airlines and airports are scrambling to get fuel days after a cyberattack shut down the country’s largest refined fuel-products pipeline, including flying planes with extra supplies and adding refueling stops on long-haul flights.

Colonial Pipeline Co., which operates the more than 5,500-mile pipeline from Houston to Linden, New Jersey, hopes to restore operational service by the end of the week but said the process would be gradual. The pipeline directly services seven airports, according to the company.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the busiest for Delta Air Lines, said it is looking at other suppliers of fuel but that operations haven’t been affected.

“Hartsfield-Jackson and its airline partners are in close communications with fuel suppliers and are taking steps to mitigate any impact the Colonial incident might have,” a spokeswoman said in a statement. “Currently, ATL is coordinating with additional suppliers to augment the airport’s fuel inventory.”

Delta, which operates its own oil refinery in Trainer, Pennsylvania, declined to comment on the pipeline outage…

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