|Quoting Door5Right (Reply 1):|
Some Qantas and SQ flights have indeed been touching down at Stansted to take on sufficient fuel for the flights to Oz owing to the rationing at Heathrow.
|Quoting WhiteHatter (Reply 3):|
Heathrow is not some great socialist fueltopia. Some fuel companies have been more hit than others.
There is still fuel rationing at LHR
following the Buncefield fire. While most airlines are understanding this is not true of all;
You will see in this article that BAA and not the oil companies are controlling the rationing. I understand that the arguments for placing a higher reduction in supplies to those airlines not based at LHR
is because it is those airlines that are suffering the most. So, while the complaining American airlines are only impacted on their US to LHR
services, Virgin Atlantic is impacted on the majority of the flights it makes and so its additional costs are very much higher than those quoted by AA
The same, of course, applies to the other two based airlines, British Airways and bmi. However they are able to avoid the Qantas and South African intermediate stops by 'over filling' their shorthaul aircraft and taking up a full fuel allocation on long haul aircraft. Although this might seem to be 'unfair' think of it another way. They are having to fly into LHR
around 20 per cent of all the fuel that their LHR
fleets use. So again the increased costs that AA
are complaining about are just small change to the costs in absolute terms that the three LHR
based airlines are experiencing even though those costs are a smaller proportion of their normal total LHR