Chaos ensued at Amsterdam’s Schipol airport today as they were unable to fuel aircraft. The issue led to a large number of flights being cancelled as they could not receive fuel.
Fuel is obviously an essential component of flight. Without fuel, the engines cannot turn, and without power from the engines, the aircraft will not fly. As such, when aircraft were unable to obtain fuel at Amsterdam’s Schipol airport earlier today, many flights ended up cancelled. Three months ago, Simple Flying reported that similar trouble was brewing in Portugal, where an airport was hours from running out of fuel.
Delays and cancellations
The fuel issue at Schipol Airport caused a whole host of flight delays and cancellations. According to data from FlightRadar24.com, 64% of departures were cancelled, and 20% were delayed as a result of the fuel crisis. Additionally, the airport was suffering from an average delay of 35 minutes for those who were able to refuel.
The delay caused a fair amount of unhappiness from passengers:
@KLM you are an utter shambles. Flights cancelled due to unserviceable refuelling system at Amsterdam airport! KLM also couldn’t help us get our luggage or book us into a hotel. Thanks for leaving your customers stranded with no luggage! @KLM thought you were better than this!
— Beloved Creations (@giftsbybeloved) July 24, 2019
I liked Amsterdam airport a lot more before I was trapped here for 24 hours
Now it’s a trendy fashionable hell
— GRPT|gllty (ギル姐) (@gllty) July 24, 2019
However, some people saw the bright side of the situation:
Chaos at Amsterdam airport this evening. I heard that most planes couldn’t refuel. Means an unexpected extra night in Amsterdam, but could have been much worse. Sounds like people struggling to get rooms. I got lucky on that front. Counting my blessings
— Andy Gore (@Andy_Gore) July 24, 2019
Amsterdam Schipol Airport‘s operators released a statement to passengers which read the following:
Due to a fault in Aircraft Fuel Supply’s system, a third-party company that controls aircraft fuel supply, planes at Schiphol couldn’t be refuelled today. This may caused that your flight has been delayed or cancelled by your airline.
Since the incident that caused chaos earlier, the fuel supply system at Schipol has been restored. As such, it is now possible to refuel aircraft, enabling them to depart. I would imagine that the airport is prioritising flights which are due to leave, as opposed to those cancelled.
Any flights which have been cancelled will not depart tonight. Hopefully, they can depart tomorrow, or passengers can be rebooked onto alternate flights. There will likely be some residual delay to services as the schedule recovers.
Were you affected by the Amsterdam Airport fuel crisis? Let us know in the comments!