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Manchester Airport is replenishing its fuel stocks after a supply problem

Manchester Airport is replenishing its fuel stocks after a supply problem

Manchester Airport is replenishing its fuel stocks after a supply problem

Some air passengers are facing delays as fuel stocks return to normal at a busy international airport.

Manchester Airport had a problem with its fuel supply which was put right on Wednesday night, but airlines will not be able to draw on the replenished stocks until 8.30am.

An airport spokesman said: "A handful of flights, perhaps five of them, may be delayed by up to an hour in the morning. The fuel supply from the refinery came back on at 5.30pm, it takes four hours for the fuel to get from the refinery to the airport, and it will then need time to settle. It will be released on to the airfield to the hydrants at 8.30am."

On Wednesday, the airport warned that from 6pm some airlines might decide to cancel, divert or delay some flights, but there was no disruption on Wednesday evening.

The airport continued to advise passengers to check with their airlines before going to the airport.

The facility's fuel supply comes from the Essar refinery, near Ellesmere Port on Merseyside.

It uses around three million litres of aviation fuel per day. This is the equivalent of 79 road tankers which carry approximately 38,000 litres per vehicle.

The fuel supply comes from the refinery via a pipeline which is capable of pumping 250,000 litres an hour.

The fuel storage centre at Manchester Airport is operated by MASHCo - a joint venture between Exxon Mobil, Shell, BP and Q8.

The oil companies are contracted directly by airlines to supply aircraft fuel via MASHCo.

PA