Fuel shortages at Melbourne airport due to quality issues

A fuel shortage at Melbourne Airport has forced some international flights to divert to refuel and could cause flight delays into the weekend.

Less than 2 million litres of aviation fuel is available at the Australia's second busiest airport after a shipment of imported fuel failed quality controls following its arrival by ship in Melbourne. An A380 can require more than 300,000 litres of fuel for a long-haul flight.

Victorian Minister Lily D'Ambrosio said she wrote to Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester on 17 October, requesting his immediate intervention.

"While Melbourne Airport falls under the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth, the Andrews Labour Government is willing to provide any assistance it can to ensure a prompt resolution," she said in a statement.

"I've also asked for an urgent meeting with Mr Chester to discuss the development of a plan for greater storage capacity and the need for competition among fuel suppliers."