Crisis-hit Sri Lanka urges airlines to fly full tank or fill elsewhere

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Sri Lanka has adviced airlines to carry enough jet fuel to last return trips or fill up elsewhere, as the island grapples with several shortages including oil and food due to the prevailing foreign-exchange crisis.

“We’ve asked airlines to carry the required fuel while operating to Sri Lanka, because there is a shortage of aviation fuel, and we have to manage the situation,” Rayhan Wanniappa, a director of Sri Lanka’s Civil Aviation Authority, said in a phone interview with Bloomberg on Monday. “Airlines are bringing certain additional supplies, while we are also providing from our stocks.”

Airlines that fly to Sri Lanka, including Dubai’s Emirates Airline are tankering, carrying more fuel than required, while the island’s flag carrier is using the Southern Indian city of Chennai and Dubai to refuel for long-haul flights, individuals familiar with the matter said.

However, they refused to reveal further information regarding these plans as they are confidential.

According to an official at Indian Oil Corp, there is increased refueling at southern Indian airports by international flights to and from Colombo to offset the shortage.

Source: Bloomberg