Delays and cancellations are still causing havoc at Miami International Airport (MIA) following a large fuel fire on the site last week.
Although staff had been working to install two temporary fuel pumps to replace the refuelling services that were destroyed, 143 flights have been cancelled and more than 28 were delayed as of yesterday, the Miami-Dade reported.
The fire that began last Wednesday has left the airport’s fuel farm completely unusable and although employees are working around the clock to install a replacement, there was a glitch in the process.
Once the temporary fuelling system is in place, trucks will no longer be needed to be used as much, which would speed up the process because trucks take 50% longer to refuel the planes.
However, it is estimated that it could take more than two to three months to get a new fuelling system permanently installed.
According to Miami-Dade, the airport previously held 8 million gallons of fuel, which was fed into 14 underground pumps, transporting 2,000 gallons of fuel every hour into trucks close to the planes.