Pipeline crisis forces American Airlines to add fueling stops on long-haul flights

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American Airlines has added stops to a pair of long-haul routes out of North Carolina — because the planes are leaving with partially empty tanks due to the cyberattack that shut down the Colonial Pipeline.

Daily flights from Charlotte to Honolulu and to London — which typically run direct — now have layovers midway, Fox Business reported Tuesday.

Travelers bound for Hawaii have to change planes at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Texas, the network said.

Meanwhile, passengers heading to Britain must stop in Boston so their planes can be re-fueled.

In a prepared statement, American said the changes were “due to the fuel supply shortage on the East Coast.”

The airline also said it hoped to resume normal operations on Saturday and called the overall impact “minimal.”

“We are closely monitoring the situation and working around the clock to ensure that we have an adequate supply of fuel across our network,” the carrier said.

American is the first airline that’s adjusted its schedule in response to the Friday cyberattack that forced the shutdown of the 5,500-mile Colonial Pipeline network, which supplies the East Coast with about 45 percent of its gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Monday declared a 30-day state of emergency aimed at ensuring adequate fuel supplies.

But panic buying has drained gas stations in the Tar Heel State, as well as neighboring Virginia and Georgia, according to reports Tuesday.

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