Aviation Fuel – Passengers Face Flight Cancellation, Delays over Scarcity

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Hundreds of passengers were stranded at various airports in the country on Monday when they could not board their flights as programmed due to scarcity of aviation fuel. THISDAY reports.
Since last weekend, the scarcity of the product became severe leading to cancellation of flights by some airlines and delays.
Last Sunday, Arik flight billed for Abuja from the Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri was cancelled and passengers were left frustrated due to non-availability of aviation fuel.
But spokesman of the airline, Banji Ola, said before the time for the flight, Arik sent messages to the passengers notifying them about the cancellation because of non-availability of aviation fuel, known as Jet A1.
According to the spokesman of the airline, Banji Ola, “The scarcity which has been on and off in the past few weeks has reached an alarming proportion as oil marketers are finding it difficult to cope with the requirements of the airline. The scarcity is more pronounced in Lagos and Abuja hubs, where a number of flights had to be delayed while awaiting supply of fuel and some are cancelled due to untimely delivery by the marketers.”
Also yesterday, Air Peace flight from Owerri to Abuja was delayed for about three hours because the airline could not source fuel for the flight but later Oando agreed to rescue the airline by feeding the aircraft with the product.
For over four weeks airlines have experienced disruptions in their flights due to inadequate supply of Jet A1, which has adversely affected the airline, the passengers and the nation’s economy.
It was gathered from an operator that the oil marketing companies now ration the product because it could not go round and only strive to maintain their contract with foreign airlines by making sure they supply products to them first.
But since the scarcity started, most foreign carriers get their supply from outside the country and only top up when they land in Nigeria.
This is to ensure that the scarcity did not disrupt their operations, but the local airlines need more of the product and feel the pang when the marketers could not meet their need.
For example, Arik Air requires about 1.2 million litres of the product for its daily operations, which involved about 120 flights.

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