Paris fuel pipelines up and running

2010-10-16 22:33

Paris - Pipelines supplying fuel to Paris airports are up and running again, an official said on Saturday, after reports that they were only working intermittently due to strikes over France's pension reform.

"The fuel supply of the Paris airports resumed on Saturday afternoon, which keeps the threat of a shortage away from Roissy-Charles de Gaulle," said the head of the civil aviation authority DGAC, Patrick Gandil.

"I'm confident," he added.

The environment ministry had said earlier airports including Charles de Gaulle, France's main airport hub, were facing a serious fuel shortfall from Monday.

Gandil said that at Nantes airport in western France the situation was critical due to the fuel shortage and several flights had been cancelled.

Nantes "is the only major airport in this situation", he added.

Trucks have supplied the city's airport but fuel could run short again on Sunday.