The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) has told sir travellers to brace up for more flight delays and cancellations as aviation fuel scarcity bites harder.
For Christmas and holiday travelers, it could be a sad experience for them.
The AON spokesman, Prof. Obiora Okonkwo, said in a statement that the airlines are facing a hard time getting the commodity from suppliers.
Recall in recent time, aviation fuel reached an all time high of about N815 per litre. Aviation fuel contributes about 40 percent of operating cost of airlines.
The AON said there is “impending disruptions in scheduled flight operations due to the scarcity of aviation fuel, otherwise known as JET-A1, which rearered its ugly head again in the past few days.”
“The scarcity will no doubt force airlines to reschedule flights leading to late operations and, or, cancellations” the statement said.
“This unintended development is a pain on airline operators and a stain on the industry especially at this time of mass movement of people for the Christmas and New Year festivities” the AON noted.
“While we do our utmost best to manage the situation and ensure safe flight operations, we plead the understanding of the traveling public in the circumstance” the AON appealed.
“We also call on the concerned authorities including product importers and marketers to do their best to resolve this ugly situation so as to ease the stress it brings on the travelling public” the statement indicated.
Wth this development, there could also be further increment in air tickets cost.