Ben-Gurion Airport Halts All Refueling, Flight Delays Expected

Inbound flights redirected to refuel in Cyprus after authorities stop all refueling activities due to substandard fuel supplies.

A contaminated fuel supply has prompted the authorities at Ben-Gurion International Airport to cancel all refueling on Thursday, a move which is expected to cause severe flight delays.

According to a report received by Haaretz, foreign airliners in need of refueling have been instructed to land in Cyprus instead, a fact that may lengthen the round of flights due to arrive in Israel and take off from it.

Planes lining up for take off at Ben-Gurion Airport, April 2010.Moti Milrod

The Paz Aviation Assets firm that provides the fuel to Ben-Gurion International Airport alerted airport authorities of the contamination, prompting airport manager Shmuel Kandel to order all refueling be stopped.

All local take-offs, in addition, had been canceled as well as three El Al Europe-bound flights.

Substandard fuel supplies have caused flight delays in Ben-Gurion airport in the past, with one such occurrence arresting refueling operation for a whole day.