Melbourne Airport Fuel Supply

25 November 2016

This morning I was informed of issues regarding the delivery of jet fuel to Melbourne Airport.

I’m advised that the matter relates to the quality of the fuel being transported by trucks which has affected some international flights.

As a temporary measure, airlines are making alternative arrangements directly with their fuel suppliers.

I’ve previously written to all four suppliers of jet fuel and to Melbourne Airport seeking assurances around continuity of jet fuel supply.

On 17 October 2016, I also wrote to the Commonwealth Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester to seek his immediate intervention.

While Melbourne Airport falls under the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth, the Andrews Labor Government is willing to provide any assistance it can to ensure a prompt resolution.

I’ve also asked for an urgent meeting with Mr Chester to discuss the development of a plan for greater storage capacity and the need for competition among fuel suppliers.

Sydney Airport’s fuel storage capacity is more than double that of Melbourne Airport.

All parties must come together to resolve this issue.

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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