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Vic airport fuel supply returned to normal

AAP logoAAP 25/11/2016 Melissa Meehan and Melissa Iaria

A jet fuel shortage at Melbourne Airport is almost over, according to ExxonMobil.

The company, which manages supply at the airport on behalf of all fuel providers, said on Saturday things had returned to normal for some of the impacted distribution terminals.

"This increased jet fuel supply chain capacity has meant that airline customer fuel allocations are now progressively returning to normal," a spokesman said in a statement to AAP.

The "immediate and deep" rationing was enforced from Thursday night because of a supply issue, forcing some international flights to make refuelling stops at other Australian cities.

The shortage sent thousands of travel plans into chaos with planes delayed across the network on Friday.

A Melbourne Airport spokesman said there was some impact being felt by airlines on Saturday.

"It's relatively limited and it's predominantly the international flights that would experience the worst of it," he told AAP.

Qantas said its flight schedule on Saturday was so far unaffected by fuel restrictions for flights leaving Melbourne Airport, after some of its flights were delayed the previous day.

"There's no impact to our services today," the spokeswoman told AAP.

Virgin Australia said the fuel supply issues have so far not impacted on its operations in or out of Melbourne.

The airline had contingency plans in place to avoid delays or cancellations, with flights to Melbourne carrying extra fuel supply from other destinations.

"We do encourage our guests to check the flight status page on the Virgin Australia website for the most up-to-date information," a spokeswoman said.

Airport management is advising passengers to contact their airline for up-to-date information about flights.

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