The domestic airline operators in Nigeria under the umbrella of Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) have suspended their threat to shut down flight operations due to the increase of aviation fuel (Jet-A1) price and also the scarcity of aviation fuel.
The Vice president of Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) and the chairman of Air Peace, Mr Allen Onyema told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos via telephone conversation that the airlines have agreed to suspend the flight shut down in order not to disrupt economic activities in the country.
Mr Onyema noted that they will not take any action that will affect the country’s economy even though the aviation industry is heavily affected. According to Onyema, they are engaging the government and relevant agencies in order to find a solution to the aviation fuel crisis.
“We are not going to shut down flight operations because discussions are ongoing between us and the relevant players in the oil and gas value chain to find a lasting solution to the problem.
“We are negatively affected by the increasing price of aviation fuel, but as patriotic investors, we will not take any action that will paralyse the economy.
“As patriotic Nigerians and investors, we will continue to engage government and its agencies on the way out of this problem,” he said.
Recall that during a parliamentary briefing on March 15 2022, the Vice president of Airline Operators Association of Nigeria (AOAN) and CEO of Air Peace, Barr Allen Onyema warned that the airlines in Nigeria will shut down in 3 days if the increase and scarcity of aviation fuel continues.
As of the time of publishing this report, the airlines in Nigeria are working. Passengers are still booking flights and those that have booked are boarding at the airport. Everything is working as normal. There is no suspension of flight activities.