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Air New Zealand cancellations to affect 2000 travellers today

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"The fuel companies are confident that supply of these fuels will be maintained and it is unlikely that motorists will be inconvenienced", she says.

It's estimated around 2,000 Air New Zealand customers will be affected by flight cancellations today as the airline works to consolidate passenger loads and minimise fuel usage.

Z Energy today said its airline customers are already on fuel allocations, which will mean they have to bunker fuel and refuel at other domestic and global locations.

Thousands of travellers have had their plans disrupted after the 170km pipeline started leaking after being scraped by a digger - forcing rationing of jet fuel at Auckland Airport.

The airline warned there would be further disruptions to its domestic jet, regional and transtasman flights.

"Airlines operating at Auckland Airport have had their usual fuel allocations reduced".

A Naval vessel will be used to transport fuel around the country, while additional tanker drivers will be provided.

Board of Airline Representatives New Zealand (BARNZ) executive director Justin Tighe-Umbers called for patience while airlines worked through the fuel shortage.

The disruption is expected to last at least a week as work continues to fix the pipe, an operator said.

"It's been made very clear to all of those working on this that the Government will commit whatever resources and effort are required to get this sorted out as quickly as possible with a minimum disruption".

Air New Zealand Chief Operations Integrity & Standards Officer Captain David Morgan says the refueling stops completed overnight went well and the practice will continue to alleviate pressure on fuel supplies in Auckland.

Air New Zealand said on Monday it had cancelled 17 domestic and trans-Tasman flights scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, and was taking more fuel on domestic jet services from Wellington or Christchurch to limit refuelling in Auckland.

The shut-down is now impacting all airlines operating into and out of Auckland Airport and limiting the volume of jet fuel able to be uplifted to 30% of normal usage.



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