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Full Flight Schedule, No Cancellations Expected At MIA

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(Source: AP)

(Source: AP)

MIAMI (CBS4) – One week after a fire at Miami International’s fuel farm destroyed the pumping system used to bring fuel to the airport, a spokesperson said no delayed or canceled flights from Miami were reported Wednesday.

Airport spokesman Greg Chin said American Airlines, the largest carrier at the terminal, said the airline does not plan to cancel any flights, if all goes as planned.

“No delays or cancellations are scheduled so far, unlike previous days,” he said.

But Chin did  say that schedules could change as the day progresses.

On Tuesday, the airline canceled 27 flights because of fuel supply problems; 11 flights were delayed while waiting for fuel. This is a far cry from Monday when a total of 84 flights were canceled because of fuel supply problems. In addition, 69 flights experienced delays because of the same.

A preliminary investigation into the cause of last Wednesday’s fire found that it may have been sparked by a short-circuit at one of the pumps. Back up pumps were brought in as a temporary measure but a majority of the fuel is being trucked in by tankers.

This week airport workers are installing four high performance pumps which, once up and running, they should put the system back to full capacity.

The fuel comes to the airport via the Everglades Pipeline, which runs in a 35-mile arc west from Port Everglades through Fort Lauderdale, Dania Beach, Cooper City, Pembroke Pines, Miramar and Hialeah before reaching the airport. It transmits about 55,000 barrels of jet fuel each day. Officials said the Everglades Pipeline showed no damage from the fire.

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