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Aviation fuel scarcity: Passengers stranded at Abuja airport

Some passengers were stranded at the domestic wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja on Thursday as aviation fuel scarcity bites harder on the airlines.

Technocrat Media, Abuja

Some passengers were stranded at the domestic wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja on Thursday as aviation fuel scarcity bites harder on the airlines.

This development shows that the availability of aviation for the airlines to operate is still a major issue.

In May, major airlines, under the aegis of Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), warned about the disruption of scheduled flight operations over the growing scarcity of aviation fuel, popularly known as Jet-A1.

According to a TheCable report, the airline operators had also complained about the rising cost of aviation fuel and threatened to shut down operations.

Andrew, one of the passengers of Overland airline, who intended to fly inboard Jalingo, Taraba state, together with four of his colleagues, told TheCable his flight was delayed for “operational reasons”. 

He said his flight was scheduled for 10 am, but passengers were called after about an hour. 

Also another passenger, a journalist said his flight was also delayed for more than one hour.

“I was flying from Abuja to Akure to cover the Osun election. I was there from 9 am to originally board by 10.15 am,” he said, adding that he finally boarded the plane by 11.39 am. 

Another passenger, who was supposed to board Owerri through United Nigeria Airlines by 10 am, said his flight was also delayed for two hours. 

A source at the airport who preferred anonymity revealed that the postponement was caused by the unavailability of aviation fuel. 

“The flight was available, but there was no fuel to fly the planes,” the source said. 

Faithful Hope-Ivbaze, assistant general manager, corporate affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), could not be immediately reached for comments.


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