Fuel could run out at Paris airport on Monday: ministry

16th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

The main Paris airport Roissy Charles de Gaulle has enough aviation fuel to last until Monday evening or Tuesday after French pension reform protests hit supplies, a transport ministry spokesman said.

"We have ways of finding a solution to supply the airport. We're confident," the spokesman told AFP on Saturday, asking not to be named.

"The pipeline supplying fuel to (Paris' other main airport) Orly and Roissy airport is working intermittently," he said.

The head of the French Oil Industry Association (UFIP) Jean-Louis Schilansky told AFP earlier that with 10 out of France's 12 refineries shut down by strikes protesting government pension reform plans, the situation was "tense."

"The pipeline supplying fuel to Orly and Roissy airports continues to function and we're working, through different means, to find products to put into the pipeline, notably aviation fuel," Schilansky said.

© 2010 AFP

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