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Aviation Fuel Scarcity: Domestic Airlines May Reschedule, Cancel Flights

Nigerian domestic airline operators, under the aegis of Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), on Monday announced that their members might resort to flight delays and cancellations if aviation fuel scarcity persists.

In a statement titled “Public notice: Disruptions in flight operations” and signed by AON Spokesman, Dr. Obiora Okonkwo, read as follows:

“The Airline Operators of Nigeria wish to alert the public of impending disruptions to scheduled flight operations of members of the association.

“This development is being forced on members by the growing scarcity of aviation fuel popularly known as Jet-Al. The scarcity is impacting negatively on the seamless conduct of air transport operations and would lead to flight rescheduling, and, or, cancellations.

“However, the association and its members are working very hard, and in alliance with product marketers, government and relevant stakeholders, to ensure availability and proper pricing of aviation fuel in the country.

“While pleading the understanding of the flying public in the face of this reality, we also promise to do all that is necessary, and within our powers, to restore normal flight schedules as soon as possible.”

AON members had two weeks ago threatened to shut down flight due to the high cost of aviation fuel, popularly called Jet A1. However, Federal Government and other stakeholders’ intervention made the operator call off the planed action.

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