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What has caused this cri­sis? A dig­ger try­ing to ex­ca­vate swamp kauri is be­lieved to have dam­aged the pipe­line sup­ply­ing jet fuel from Mars­den Point to Auck­land. How will it af­fect air travel? Fuel al­lo­cated to air­lines at Auck­land has been com­pletely cut. Al­lo­ca­tions to air­lines is com­ing from fuel al­ready stored at the air­port or Wiri pipe­line ter­mi­nal. Air­lines are only get­ting 30% of what they nor­mally would. Will it af­fect peo­ple out­side Auck­land? The pipe­line sup­plies Auck­land only, but other air­ports, par­tic­u­larly Welling­ton and Christchurch, will have to cope with flights from Auck­land re­fu­elling on their way to their des­ti­na­tions. Will it af­fect petrol for mo­torists? Oil com­pa­nies say they will be able to sup­ply petrol and diesel to Auck­land petrol sta­tions by road. How­ever other sources say there may not be enough tankers avail­able. Why can’t jet fuel be brought in to Auck­land by road or sea? Oil com­pa­nies say some will be brought in by road but there are no wharf fa­cil­i­ties for jet fuel in Auck­land, and only lim­ited road tankers, so the main ad­just­ment will have to come by re­duced air­craft re­fu­elling at Auck­land. How do I know if my flight has been af­fected? Con­tact your air­line or travel agent for more in­for­ma­tion about your flight.

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