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Manchester Airport will "probably run out of fuel" by 18:00 BST, a spokesman has said.
The airport said there was a "short-term" aviation fuel supply problem from the Essar refinery at Stanlow near Ellesmere Port.
An airport spokesman said the shortage would affect some incoming and outgoing flights until at least midnight.
A spokesman for the refinery said: "There have been some production issues which we are trying to put right."
The airport, which uses about three million litres of airline fuel a day, said it would be the first time it had run out of fuel.
Russell Craig, head of communications for Manchester Airport, said the majority of passengers and flights would not be affected, but some disruption was possible.
'Won't take risks'
"We are pretty certain there will be some cases where flights, certainly tonight and tomorrow morning, will be cancelled, diverted to other airports or delayed.
"We don't want this to happen, but equally we aren't prepared to take any risks with fuel and with aircraft safety."
Mr Craig said there was a problem with the supply pipeline from the refinery to the airport.
"We came close to running out in April 2008, when we saw a similar issue with the supply but fortunately at the 11th hour the fuel was able to start moving again," he added.
Passengers planning to fly from the airport have been told to check with their airline before they leave.
Shell sold Essar refinery to Indian company Essar Energy last year.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-ma ... r-18344397
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