Scarcity of Aviation Fuel Grounds Airlines in Nigeria

by on May 16, 2016

Travellers have been experiencing severe flight disruptions as a result of scarcity of aviation fuel in Nigeria.

Although this has been happening for a while, it got to a head on Sunday when many flights were moved and eventually cancelled, leaving thousands of passengers stranded nationwide.

Some foreign airlines took off ahead of schedule in order to fuel at the neighbouring countries, particularly Ghana.

A stranded passenger told our source on Monday morning: “My FirstNation flight from Lagos to Abuja was scheduled for 4pm on Sunday and was cancelled at 7.20pm. It was initially delayed by one hour before the cancellation.

“I had to wait to retrieve my bag, get refund, book hotel, get airport taxi and then check in at the hotel. So I got to the hotel at 9pm.”

TheCable learnt that an Arik flight that was scheduled for 9pm eventually took off midnight.

South African Airways had to cancel its Lagos-Johannesburg flight altogether, while Delta Airlines took off ahead of its Lagos-Atlanta schedule in order to fuel at Accra, Ghana.

All airlines experienced the delay and cancellations.

A senior executive of an oil marketing company told our source that the problem would ease as soon as there is forex to import aviation fuel.

“We have been experiencing challenges trying to procure forex to import products. It is a big challenge,” he said.

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