OR Tambo cable theft causes lengthy delays

2013-10-14 08:50
Johannesburg - Fuelling of aircrafts at OR Tambo International Airport resumed after an attempted cable theft caused flights to be delayed, the Airports Company SA (Acsa) said on Sunday.

"The flight schedule returned to normal as of 20:00 on Sunday evening," spokesperson Unathi Batyashe-Fillis said

Domestic and international flights were affected by the incident. Flights could not take off from around 10am. The backlog created by the interruptions meant it took a while for operations to return to normal as per the schedule, despite fuel supplies having resumed. The airport had been operating at significantly reduced fuelling capacity for about six hours.

Technicians implemented a temporary solution to activate fueling services shortly after 4pm, Batyashe-Fillis said.

Batyashe-Fillis said the attempted robbery of cables happened just outside the perimeter of the airport.

Police were investigating.

The SA Airways spokesperson Tlali Tlali said his company was notified about the delays and apologised to customers.

"Whilst the situation is out of the airline's control and has affected all flights across the board, SAA nonetheless would like to apologise to all our customers for the inconvenience caused by this incident," Tlali Tlali said in a statement.

"Every effort is being made to reduce the effect on later flights which are mostly international. The impact of the interruptions was in the form of flights being delayed by up to two hours in some cases."
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