IATA helped resolve an escalating aeropolitical row at London Heathrow over allocation of scarce fuel supplies following the Dec. 11 fire at the Buncefield fuel depot. Under a voluntary scheme implemented immediately after the fire, "base" carriers such as British Airways and Virgin Atlantic are being provided with 82% of their fuel requirements for long-haul services while "so-called 'visiting' carriers" receive only 70% of their requirements, forcing many to tanker fuel for the return trip ...

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