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IATA negotiates new fuel allocation scheme for Heathrow.

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IATA, the international aviation authority, has agreed on new rules for fuel rationing at London's Heathrow Airport.

Fuel at Heathrow has been rationed since an explosion at an oil depot terminated a third of the airport's supplies.

According to IATA a voluntary fuel allocation agreement has now been reached between the airlines and the airport operator BAA Plc. The agreement was reached after complaints from some airlines over the previous system, as it as seen as discriminatory against non-UK airlines.

IATA said that the agreement should make it unnecessary for some airlines operating services to Heathrow to make additional stops at nearby airports for refuelling, Reuters reported. The fuel will still be distributed according to the old system for short-haul flights.

The new agreement is expected to step into force on 20 February, but a solution is still needed for the more intense summer schedules, starting in April.

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Date:Feb 10, 2006
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