Airlines differ over scarcity of aviation fuel, scores stranded

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Airlines differ over scarcity of aviation fuel, scores stranded

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Airlines differ over scarcity of aviation fuel, scores stranded

By Ofonime Essien

Arik Air

Scores of passengers on Arik Air were left stranded at virtually all the airports across the country yesterday.

The stranding of passengers at aerodromes had been on for close to one week but came to a head on Monday and yesterday when passengers protested what they described as bad treatment from the carrier. Many of them have vowed not to patronize the carrier for what they described as ‘appalling services.”

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For hours, many intending travellers were kept in the dark about when their flights would depart for their destinations, with many of them accusing the carrier of ‘deception’ and outright cancellation of flights without prior notice.

But the airline in a reaction yesterday disclosed that the limited supply of JET A1 (aviation fuel) across the country in the last few days has greatly hampered its flight operations.

A statement from its spokesman, Banji Ola, said with over a hundred flights daily, this limited supply of aviation fuel has resulted, regrettably, into flight delays and sometimes outright cancellations. “We appeal to our valued passengers to bear with us at this time even as we remain committed to providing safe and comfortable flight experience.”

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The airline, however, apologized to travellers over any inconvenience “they have had to suffer due to the fuel shortage.” But two airline operators who spoke to New Telegraph on condition of anonymity said the news of aviation fuel scarcity was not true.

The sources added that aviation fuel was in large supply, stressing that their airlines operated all their flights.

They, however, stated that some airlines because of their huge indebtedness to oil marketers now supply airlines JET A1 on cash and carry basis.

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A visibly angry woman, Stella Din, who took her aged parents to the Lagos airport with the plan to depart for Jos, Plateau State, painted a pathetic picture of what her parents of 79 and 81 years suffered.

According to Din: “In the last 48 hours, I have witnessed disgusting operations by some airlines. I spent about six hours trying to get my aged parents to Jos. I spoke to the duty manager, who told me there will be 30 minutes delay on Monday.

Thirty minutes delay turned to 48 hours delay.” Meanwhile, aviation experts and stakeholders have projected a sharp decline in the price of aviation fuel, also known as JET A1.

Source: New Telegraph

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Ofonime Essien

Mr. Ofonime A. Essien, is a Helicopter Pilot. He is also a Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA), Oracle Certified Associate (OCA), a Computer Forensics Expert, a Blogger, Web Master, a Writer and an Entrepreneur. He is an avid reader. He likes motivating others to achieve their dreams through writing and speaking.

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