Will Flights Be Grounded In Uk?

Wed Sep 13, 2000 11:22 am

HI mates,

Will flights be grounded at the airports in the UK??? UK has one of the largest air traffic in the world and I don't wish to see them come to a standstill just because of the damn fuel crisis. Sorry about the language and my English, but I am damn fustrated to see my favourite, aviation to come to a standstill or having problems because of the stupid fuel crisis.      

So, will flights be grounded in the UK at anytime or will they still continue as usual??? Any other airports affected??? Thanks a lot for your help, Thank you.

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RE: Will Flights Be Grounded In Uk?

Wed Sep 13, 2000 11:51 am

I agree that! OPEC and oil companies are pigs! Dirty business hurting to all business in the world. Thanks to Oil companies are not hurting themselves. They always to be happy with plenty money in their pocket!


RE: Will Flights Be Grounded In Uk?

Wed Sep 13, 2000 11:54 am

Hi Big777Jet,

I agree with you, they are the damn idiots from keeping the world and CIVIL AVIATION going. They are the pigs of the world.... PIGS.

Any info if flights would be grounded???

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RE: Will Flights Be Grounded In Uk?

Wed Sep 13, 2000 3:10 pm

The fuel crisis shouldn't hit major airports too badly as LHR, LGW & MAN (at least) have their own fuel pipelines into the airport directly, so the tanker blockade shouldn't ground flights.

It was on the news last night that LHR, LGW and MAN were fine, but EDI and BHX were affected, slightly. I also said that short haul flights were filling up overseas!!!

cheers, Phil.
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RE: Will Flights Be Grounded In Uk?

Wed Sep 13, 2000 3:55 pm

While agreeing with the sentiments posted here I'd just like to point out that the protest is against the UK government, not the oil companies. In the UK over 80% of the price we pay for petrol/gasoline goes to the Treasury in the form of tax and the protest is to get that tax reduced.

Given that there are reports that deliveries from some depots seem to have ground to a halt despite the absence of a blockade, the sceptics among us might take that to mean that the oil companies are actually supporting the calls for a reduction in the tax. Obviously they'd be doing it to generate more sales and profit for themselves but it would still help the rest of us.
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RE: Will Flights Be Grounded In Uk?

Wed Sep 13, 2000 5:18 pm

LHR and LGW are reporting no problems, their fuel is pumped by pipeline directly from the refinery so any road blockade will have no effect.

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RE: Will Flights Be Grounded In Uk?

Wed Sep 13, 2000 5:41 pm

David L is right! In fact oil is not very expensive. In the most western states it is the taxes which make fare more than 50% of the price.

RE: Will Flights Be Grounded In Uk?

Thu Sep 14, 2000 2:31 am

I fully support the action (as do the vast majority of the public) and am fully prepeared to see the whole country grind to a halt if that's what it takes to get Blair to back down on fuel taxes, but it is looking increasingly like that won't happen.

From the airlines' websites;
AIR 2000
Due to the current fuel shortages affecting the UK, there may be some disruption to airport services.

Currently our flight programme is unaffected, however we are continually reviewing the status of the situation and taking steps to minimise inconvenience to our customers.

Should the situation deteriorate our aim is to operate our flights to schedule. To achieve this we may be unable to provide some elements of our service. Our priority will be to ensure that we fly you to your holiday destination with minimum delay and inconvenience and any decision will be taken in the best interests of our customers.

We would appreciate your patience and understanding during this period of disruption. There may be limited representation at the airport and we would recommend that you monitor the airport information screens and listen to any terminal announcements. Our representatives will prioritise assistance to passengers with special needs and we would appreciate your co-operation.

Please be assured that everyone at Air 2000 is making every effort to manage this situation as effectively as possible.


Updated 13.09.00, 1200 noon BST
A number of UK airports receive aviation fuel via direct pipeline from the refinery, and therefore are NOT affected by the fuel shortages. The only airports served by British European that may be affected are as follows:

Leeds Bradford
London City

At present, we are advising all our passengers to check in as normal. Airports underlined above offer live flight information facilities over the net - click on the name for more details.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are flying from any other UK airport with British European, your flight will NOT be affected by any fuel shortages.

British Midland services are operating as usual today, despite the current fuel shortage.

The situation is being monitored on a regular basis

easyJet services will remain unaffected by the fuel shortage today, and we expect to operate flights as usual over the next few days. However, if the protests and blockades continue, services may be affected.

Please keep checking the web site for any updated information.

Passengers should allow additional time when travelling to the airport due to disruption on the roads.

These are currently the only airlines with website info on the fuel situation.
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RE: Will Flights Be Grounded In Uk?

Thu Sep 14, 2000 2:57 am

How can aviation be affected? I thought jets ran on kerosene and cars on petrol? Wouldn't they be from different suppliers, or is the damn industry affected?

I'm not old enough to vote but I think Tony Blair is well out of touch with the public and should realise our pain.

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RE: Will Flights Be Grounded In Uk?

Thu Sep 14, 2000 3:09 am

Thanks Jet Setter, useful and factual information as usual!!

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RE: Will Flights Be Grounded In Uk?

Thu Sep 14, 2000 3:49 am

Maybe this protest isn't as bad as I thought. Today at GLA we got an American 767 300 (presumably because of larger tanks/range) which made a nice change from the usual 200. Hopefully we might get another one tomorrow. In case anyone important is reading this; Continental, please can we have a 767 or 777 tomorrow and Air Canada please can we have an A330, A340 or 747.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed something interesting turns up.
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RE: Will Flights Be Grounded In Uk?

Thu Sep 14, 2000 4:59 am


People are forgetting the oil crisis is not completely over. There are still considerable shortages in much of the United Kingdom and the protesters have not completely backed down. It may be at least a week before things get back to normal, but only under heavy police presence.

God help us all if the protests spread to the USA.

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