The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has said that the Ministry is engaging all relevant stakeholders to address the issue of the planned shutdown of airline operators.
The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) had on Friday, threatened to shut down operations over the high cost of aviation fuel, otherwise known as Jet A1.
Reacting through a statement by his Special Assistant, Dr. James Odaudu in Abuja, on Saturday, the Minister acknowledged difficulties being faced by airline operators with regard to aviation fuel, which now costs ₦700 per liter, but regretted that Jet A1 wasn’t within the purview of the ministry.
The Airline Operators of Nigeria issued a notice to the authority and passengers that their services will not be available from Monday, 9th May 2022, due to the high cost of aviation fuel which they could no longer cope with.
The Minister urged the Airline Operators to be considerate in servicing a critical sector like aviation, even as it is the most preferred mode of transport for most Nigerians, and also the main international gateway to the Nation.