(FiveNation.com)- In an internal memo from American Airlines’ flight operations managing director John Dudley, American is warning of nationwide jet fuel shortages and requesting that their pilots take steps to conserve fuel whenever possible.
The memo points out that jet fuel delivery delays are happening at several “midsize to smaller airports” due in large part to “constrained jet fuel transportation logistics.” In other words, a shortage of qualified truck drivers, as well as a shortage of fuel trucks and pipeline allocations are creating these delivery delays.
The jet fuel shortages had already been affecting western states, and are now being reported across the country at American Airline stations, the memo states. According to the Dallas Morning News, these delivery delays are expected to continue through mid-August.
American Airlines spokeswoman Whitney Zastrow told Fox Business that American is aware of the fuel supply shortages at some airports – primarily across western states — adding that this is affecting a number of carriers, not just American.
Currently American Airlines is experiencing “minimal operation impact” due to these supply problems, Zastrow told Fox Business. But the airline is monitoring the situation and working around the clock to “minimize the impact on our customers.”
Over the weekend, the Associated Press said that jet fuel shortages have been reported by airports throughout the West due to both the supply chain issues and the added demand for fuel from aircraft used in fighting wildfires in the region.
Nevada’s Reno-Tahoe International Airport has confirmed that the shortage of qualified truck drivers to transport fuel is contributing to the problem.
This shortage of truck drivers nationwide has been of great concern for the Biden Administration. Earlier this month, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh met with the trucking industry and labor groups to discuss the shortage and high turnover rate among long haul carriers.
According to the American Trucking Associations, the industry would need to recruit over a million new drivers in the next ten years in order to keep pace with retirements and growing transportation needs.