Manchester Airport ran out of fuel today, delaying more than a dozen flights.

(The airport gets through three million litres of aviation fuel a day. The fuel is pumped through a 30-mile pipeline, which is the airport’s only source of aviation fuel, every day transporting the equivalent of 79 road tankers’ worth of fuel, but suddenly the flow of fuel dried up as production problems at the the Essar refinery near Ellesmere Port in Cheshire meant that fuel stopped being pumped to the airport early this morning.
Usually the airport has between 12 and 24 hours of spare capacity, but the Jubilee weekend had been very busy with about 300,000 people flying over the four days, and by 17:15 BST the fuel had run out. 

I’ve only ever run out of fuel once, and it was hubby’s fault.)