Lingering scarcity of aviation fuel disrupts flight operations at Lagos airport

Published on : Wednesday, May 18, 2016

download (12)Flight operations at the Murtala Muhammed Airport 2  and the General Aviation Terminal of Lagos Airport on Monday were disrupted owing to shortage of Jet A1, opularly called aviation fuel.Among the airlines affected were Aero Contractors, Dana, Azman, First Nation and Peace Airline.Some domestic airlines had to re-schedule or cancel most of their flights following their inability to procure aviation fuel for their aircraft.

This left passengers travelling to Abuja, Kano, Kaduna, Owerri and Enugu stranded and frustrated.Arik Air was the lone airline carrying hitch-free operations. As a result, passengers were seen queuing up in front of the airline’s counter to purchase tickets post cancellation of other flights.The Consumer Protection Department of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) had revealed in its 2016 first quarterly report that domestic airlines recorded 8,478 cases of delayed flights.

 

The airlines had attributed the situation, which led to over 50 per cent of their flights being delayed or cancelled, to the scarcity of aviation fuel and had appealed to the government to intervene in making the product available.

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