Nigerian airlines suspend flights over soaring fuel prices

Nigerian airlines suspend flights over soaring fuel prices

Nigerian airlines suspend flights over soaring fuel prices

Nigerian airlines suspend flights over soaring fuel prices

Advertisement

Nigerian airlines will cancel all flights starting Monday due to increased jet fuel prices, according to an umbrella group of operators.

Fuel prices have risen dramatically around the world since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, prompting the West to levy sanctions on Moscow.

The Airline Operators of Nigeria said the price of jet fuel had jumped from 190 to 700 Nigerian naira per litre (from $0.45 to almost $1.70).

“No airline in the world can absorb this kind of sudden shock from such an astronomical rise over a short period,” the AON said.

The group said it would now cost a customer 120,000 naira ($289) for a one-hour flight, a sum unaffordable for Nigerians “already experiencing a lot of difficulties”.

Advertisement

The AON therefore wished “to regrettably inform the general public that member airlines will discontinue operations nationwide with effect from Monday May 9, 2022 until further notice,” it said.

The aviation ministry responded by urging airlines to “consider the multiplier effect of shutting down operations, on Nigerians and global travellers”.

The Nigerian consumer protection agency also implored “domestic airlines to consider the effect of the proposed shutdown on passengers and the magnitude of difficulties and hardship associated with such an action”.

It added it was “concerned with rising consumer feedback that airlines have continued to sell tickets beyond the date announced for the proposed service shutdown.”

Social media users made fun of the airlines suggesting customers find alternative means of travel.

“Airlines in Nigeria will shut down their services to passengers from Monday,” one tweeted to more than 110,000 followers.

Advertisement

“I hope you can trek from Lagos to Abuja?” they wrote, of the journey of more than 700 kilometres (more than 400 miles) by road between the country’s largest city and its capital — one that normally takes just over an hour on an airplane.

“If you use the roads, I hope you have your ransom money?” they added, making light of abductions in other parts of the oil-rich country.

Nigeria generates 1.4 million barrels of crude oil per day but refines only a small portion of it. It is nearly entirely reliant on imported fuel, leaving the local market vulnerable to disruptions.

In recent weeks, persistent power outages have been exacerbated by increased fuel prices.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Read More News On

Catch all the International News, Breaking News Event and Latest News Updates on The BOL News


Download The BOL News App to get the Daily News Update & Follow us on Google News.


End of Article

Next Story