- Nigerians who like to travel by air to different regions of the nation are in for more difficult times, as airlines continue to announce flight delays
- Airlines have seen the cost of aviation fuel jump by over 100% in the last year and are now considering additional increases in prices
- The airlines are protesting that they paid less than N250 per litre for a litre of gasoline, but it now costs more than N625 per litre
Nigerians looking to travel by air are going through a challenging period as airlines announce flight delays and cancellations.
The airlines' excuse is their difficulties in getting aviation fuel, which now cost between N590 and N625 per litre, BusinessDay reports.
According to the airlines, the price of Jet fuel moved from between N230 to N250 per litre to N590-N625 in less than a year.
This spike in Jet fuel means airlines are finding it very difficult to carry out scheduled operations as passengers wait endlessly at the airports for their flights, some of which get cancelled at the end of the day.
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A few weeks ago, the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) hinted that on top of the continuous rise in the fuel price, fuel supply is at best epileptic at several airports, thereby causing delays.
AON added that supply nationally is at best unpredictable and several times a day, airlines are left waiting for fuel to be supplied at airports across the country.
Airline pacify customers
In a message to customers, Arik Air revealed on its social media page it had to delay almost all its flights across the network, while a few others have been cancelled.
The airline said there is no certainty about how the situation will be in the coming days.
“We are appealing to our esteemed customers to please bear with us as we engage the oil marketers and other stakeholders on ways of resolving the current jet fuel situation."
Another Airline Ibom Air, in a statement titled: ‘Scarcity of Aviation Fuel,’ said it encountered a situation where aviation fuel is scarce and therefore unavailable at almost all flight destinations, and this has significantly impacted flight schedule.
The airline stated:
“We sincerely apologize to all our passengers affected by the current situation.
“At this time, we have no indication when the issue will be resolved, however, we are working with our fellow airlines and fuel suppliers to find a solution.
"Our passengers and the public should please be informed. We will give an update once we have further information."
Government Begins investigation on fare hike
According to FG, it is wrong that airlines could come together and agree on a fixed price in a market that is supposed to be open.
Although Airlines came out to debunk the news that it increased price despite flight ticket evidence, FG has ordered a new pricing system.