One Nigeria airline has continued to cancel flights in the wake of the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) threat to disrupt flights over aviation fuel scarcity.
Yesterday, Checks by SmartPreneur revealed that a Dana Air 9J357 flight scheduled to arrive at the Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport at 7:15pm was cancelled.
Another Dana Air 9J358 flight scheduled to depart the Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport by 8:10pm was also cancelled.
This was based on data gotten from an online airline resource, FlightRadar 24.
This morning, a Dana Air 9J343 flight scheduled to arrive the Port Harcourt International Airport from Lagos by 11:20am was also cancelled.
Just last week, Dana Air had issued an advisory on May 11, 2022, promising to avoid flight delays.
On Monday, May 16, 2022, the AON, in a statement, explained that the scarcity was impacting operations and could lead to rescheduling or cancellations, as the case may be.
“The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) wish to alert the public of impending disruptions to scheduled flight operations of members of the association. This development is being forced on members by the growing scarcity of aviation fuel, popularly known as Jet-A1.
“The scarcity is impacting negatively on the seamless conduct of air transport operations and would lead to flight rescheduling, and/or cancellations.
“However, the association and its members are working very hard, and in alliance with product marketers, government and relevant stakeholders to ensure availability and proper pricing of aviation fuel in the country,” the statement, signed by its spokesman, Professor Obiora Okonkwo, read.
Last week, to find a solution to the strike threatened by the operators on May 6, 2022, the AON, NNPC, and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) reached a truce to end volatility in the price of Jet A1 fuel.
The meeting, chaired by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, agreed that some trusted marketers would distribute six million litres of fuel guaranteed by the government. This arrangement was for the short time solution for the next three months before the operators get the required licences to import the fuel themselves.