- Domestic airline operators under aegis of Airline Operators of Nigeria, AON, have called off their planned suspension of flights
- Recall that the airline operators had initially stated that the strike will commence on Monday, May 9
- President of the AON, Alhaji Abdulmunaf Yunusa Sarina, said the decision was taken after deliberations with the federal government
The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) has suspended the decision to cripple the aviation sector on Monday.
President of the AON, Alhaji Abdulmunaf Yunusa Sarina, who announced this said the decision was taken after deliberations with the federal government.
The development comes after no fewer than six airlines backed out of the planned shutdown.
The statement read:
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” he Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) wishes to inform the general public that further to numerous calls from the highest echelons in government with promises to urgently intervene in the crises being faced by airlines due to the astronomic and continuously rising cost of JetA1, that the AON has acceded to requests to withdraw the action for the time being while we allow for a fresh round of dialogue with government in the hope of reaching an amicable solution.”
“We have also reached this decision with the highest consideration for our esteemed customers who have been faced with uncertainty over the last few days and to enable them to have access to travel to their various destinations for the time being during the period of discussions with relevant authorities.”
“In view of the above and in the interest of national economy and security considerations, AON hereby wishes to notify the general public that the earlier announced shutdown of operations on May 9, 2022 is hereby suspended in good fate pending the outcome of hopefully fruitful engagement with government.”
Economic meltdown: FG appeals to airline operators to reconsider planned strike
Recall that following the announcement by airlines to shut down operations on Monday, May 9, the federal government called on operators to reconsider their decisions.
This appeal was made by the minister of aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika via a statement issued by his special assistant on public affairs, James Odaudu, on Saturday, May 7 in Lagos.
According to the statement, the minister acknowledged the difficulties being faced by airline operators over the incessant increase in the cost of aviation fuel.