Fuel suppliers’ strike may delay flights

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A strike by suppliers of gasoline and jet fuel that began last weekend hasn’t had much effect on consumers this week, but airline passengers may start experiencing delays or even cancellations this weekend. That’s when the fuel tanks at such airports as Tromsø, Bergen, Stavanger, Bodø and Værnes in Trondheim may begin to run dry.

“It can be full stop for all flights here at Flesland (Bergen), the way I see it,” Olav Aadland, operations chief for Flytanking AS at Bergen’s main airport, told TV2. “There won’t be enough fuel and we can’t get any more.”

Many flights refuel at Oslo Garderomen, which hasn’t yet been affected. Charter flights direct from Tromsø, though, may be affected, if they can’t refuel.

Negotiations broke down between labour organizations Norsk Transportarbeiderforbund and Parat and employers’ group Norsk Industri early Sunday morning. Members of Parat were called out on strike first in Bergen, Stavanger and Tromsø and later in Bodø and Trondheim. The conflict is mostly over pay levels.

newsinenglish.no staff