On Thursday, Airlines operating from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi were Thursday forced to divert to regional airports for fuelling as stocks of the commodity neared depletion.
According to reliable sources the fuel shortage, which is likely to bite till Sunday as blame is pointed to inadequate orders by oil marketing companies that sell directly to airlines. However, according to the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, director general, Gilbert Kibe normal supply is expected to resume by March 10th since a fresh delivery had arrived in Mombasa and yet to be pumped to Nairobi.
Gilbert Kibe further stated that a notice had been issued to various airlines and they were aware of the technical shortage that they were facing.
“We have issued a notice to airlines and they are aware of the current shortage that we are facing,” said Mr. Kibe.
Egypt Air Flight MS850 enroute to Cairo made a technical stop-over at Entebbe International Airport in Uganda for refuelling.
According to the flight tracker, the aeroplane left Nairobi at 4:20am Thursday and was meant to be in Cairo by 8am, but it delayed by three hours due to the detour to Entebbe.
Nairobi-based cargo airline Astral Aviation had to fuel its aircraft in Juba, Mogadishu and Djibouti; with some that were coming from Europe expected to fuel at Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania.
This shortage has subjected airlines to expensive jet fuel in other airports where they are forced to pay more for the commodity. For instance, Jet fuel in Entebbe is, $12 cents higher than in Nairobi, Mogadishu $38 cents costlier, Kilimanjaro $14 cents more expensive and Juba $30 cents more.
Kenya Airways chairman Michael Joseph said the national carrier had not yet felt the shortage.