Simple Flying - Luke Bodell
In recent weeks, Johannesburg has experienced severe fuel shortages in light of significant flooding and infrastructure damage to the region. Despite reassurances from authorities that the crisis is under control, many airlines serving O.R. Tambo International Airport have been forced into refueling detours.
Last week, South Africa said Johannesburg has sufficient fuel for flights after infrastructure damage from flooding in the KwaZulu-Natal province affected fuel transportation.
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula claimed at the time that the fuel shortage at O.R. Tambo International (JNB) had been resolved. This reassurance was echoed by Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) yesterday, which claimed that jet fuel supplies at the airport are stable.
However, Lufthansa Group believes there is no end in sight to the fuel shortage at Johannesburg Airport and will make changes to its network until the situation is resolved.