Fuel Shortage at Some U.S. Airports Might Last Until Mid-August, American Airlines Says

Fuel Shortage at Some U.S. Airports Might Last Until Mid-August, American Airlines Says

American Airlines said their fuel shortage could last until mid-August in parts of the country, the Associated Press reported.

A company memo went out to pilots on Monday with the information and asked pilots to conserve fuel where they could, like leaving one engine off while taxiing.

The airline said the shortages are occurring in smaller and mid-sized airports. In some cases, the airline will add refueling stops or fly fuel into locations where the supply is low.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

Airlines Fuel Shortage Could Last Until Mid-August
American Airlines announced in a memo to pilots on Monday that the shortage will likely last until mid-August in some airports. An American Airlines plane lands at the Miami International Airport on June 16, 2021 in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The fuel needle is moving closer to "empty" at some U.S. airports.

The airline said that the shortages showed up first in the West, where they could affect efforts to fight wildfires.

American said fuel supplies are being squeezed at "several" airports, which it didn't name, mostly because of a shortage of tanker trucks or drivers.

Delta Air Lines, meanwhile, said Reno, Nevada, is the most affected location. Delta said pipelines have been devoting more space to gasoline and diesel and less to jet fuel during the pandemic. Nevada politicians worry that the situation could limit the flow of tourism dollars.

Southwest said the fuel situation hasn't affected its flights, but it has added more fuel on some planes to limit the amount needed at airports with shortages.

Trade group Airlines for America said it is talking to federal authorities and pipeline operators about the situation, which it said mostly affects smaller airports in the West.

The jet fuel supply is being taxed by a strong recovery in travel, which means more planes in the air. U.S. air travel has reached about 80% of its pre-pandemic levels, with about 2 million people a day are flying in the U.S., double the number in early March.

The American Airlines memo to pilots was reported earlier by CNBC.

Airline Fuel Shortage Could Last Until Mid-August
An American Airlines Boeing 737 Max taxiis at Tulsa International Airport to fly to Dallas, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. American Airlines says it’s running into fuel shortages at some smaller and mid-sized airports, and in some cases the airline will add refueling stops or fly fuel into locations where the supply is tight. American said fuel supplies are being squeezed at “several” airports, which it didn’t name, mostly because of a shortage of tanker trucks or drivers. Mike Simons/Tulsa World/Associated Press