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Fuel scarcity hits Nigerian aviation

Channels Television  
Updated April 2, 2012

Many flights have been cancelled at airports across the country as airlines can not meet up with their scheduled flights, due to the aviation fuel scarcity.

Passengers were stranded in airports at the weekend as there were no aircraft to convey them to their various destinations; many of them had to return home or seek alternative means of getting to their destinations.

The airlines that managed to operate, ended up having their passengers delayed for more than six hours while most airlines cancelled their flights as a result of the scarcity and high price of aviation fuel.

The Assistant Secretary General of Airlines Operators of Nigeria (AON), Mohammed Tukur condemned the situation saying “this is the time airline operators should be wary of what is sold to them as aviation fuel…this is the period kerosene could be sold to unsuspecting carriers in the name of aviation fuel.”

A Nigerian newspaper learnt that some foreign airlines headed Accra, Ghana to get fuel to operate their aircraft because the commodity is cheaper in Ghana as a litre sells for between N200 and N210, depending on where it was bought.