Johannesburg, 13 October 2013 – O.R. Tambo International Airport wishes to advise all passengers that whilst the power cable is yet to be restored, airlines are now able to uplift fuel out of the airport. The damage to the cable due to this morning’s attempted cable theft had affected the fuel pipeline’s ability to transmit fuel to aircraft. Both Domestic and International flights were affected resulting in majority of the airlines being delayed.
“I wish to confirm that normal fuelling operations have resumed after the airport had been operating at significantly reduced fuelling capacity for about six hours. Shortly before 16h00 this afternoon, our technicians implemented a temporary solution to re-activate services. The fuel pumps are now able to transmit fuel for uplift into aircrafts,” said O.R. Tambo International Airport Spokesperson, Unathi Batyashe-Fillis.
“As Airports Company South Africa we wish to express our regret at this incident, which has inconvenienced our passengers and airline partners. Passengers are advised to contact their airlines for revised times and relevant information,” added Batyashe-Fillis.
In the meantime, Airports Company South Africa will together with its partners continue to institute preventative and corrective measures to ensure such incidences remain top priority given the impact. The South African Police Service is investigating the matter.
For further information, media is advised to contact:
O.R. Tambo International Airport
Direct: +27 (0) 11 921 6087
Cell: +27 (0) 79 882 7307