CEM REPORT, AVIATION | Flight services may come under threat during the yuletide season resulting from a looming scarcity of Jet A1 (aviation fuel).
According to a statement by the spokesman of the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), Prof. Obiora Okonkwo, there are already indications that the scarcity is affecting the operations of airlines in the country.
The association expressed worry the situation may lead to rescheduling and possibly cancellation of flights by several operators.
“The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) wish to inform the public of impending disruptions in scheduled flight operations due to the scarcity of aviation fuel, otherwise known as JET-A1, which reared its ugly head again in the past few days. The scarcity will no doubt force airlines to reschedule flights leading to late operations and, or, cancellations.”
While expressing regret over the situation, especially in the yuletide season AON, however, promised that the operators would do their utmost best to manage the situation and ensure safe flight operations, but pleaded for the understanding of the travelling public in the present circumstance.
AON while appealing for the understanding of travellers in the present circumstance also appealed to the relevant authorities, including product importers and marketers to do their best to resolve the situation to ease the stress it brings on the travelling public.
You would recall that a few weeks ago, players in the Nigerian aviation industry called on the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency intervene in the continuous rise of the price of Jet A1.
The industry players had said that the government’s intervention would prevent the total collapse of the country’s economy.
A litre of aviation fuel goes for about N800, which is an astronomical rise from N200 per litre barely two years ago, Nairametrics reports.