RENO, NEVADA (AP) — The airport serving Nevada’s second largest metro area faces a shortage of jet fuel that could force the cancellation of cargo and passenger fights, potentially restricting the flow of tourists and essential goods into the northern part of the state.
Nevada’s political leaders issued a statement on Saturday pledging to minimise disruption at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport and ensure the aerial fight against Western wildfires isn’t hampered. Besides serving Reno, the airport is the nearest passenger terminal to Lake Tahoe.
“To be clear, further failure to secure adequate fuel supplies is unacceptable,” wrote Governor Steve Sisolak, Senators Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen, and United States (US) Representative Mark Amodei.
Airport officials across the US West have voiced concerns about jet fuel shortages and their effect on what is shaping up to be a very busy wildfire season.
Jet fuel demand declined sharply and supply chains atrophied during the coronavirus pandemic, according to aviation supply companies, jet fuel transport companies and others. They have yet to bounce back in the West even as the economy picks up and people flock to airports for long-delayed trips.