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Nigeria’s Ibom Air alerts customers of possible flight cancellations, delays due to aviation fuel scarcity

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Akwa Ibom state-run carrier, Ibom Air on Friday warned customers of the possibility of cancellation of flights amid the recent delay of scheduled flights operated by the airline due to scarcity of Jet A1 fuel.

In a statement, the airline’s General Manager of Marketing and Communication, Aniekan Essienette said the recent difficulty experienced by its customers was a result of the growing unavailability of aviation fuel.

Essienette said that the airline’s operations have been greatly impacted by the scarcity of aviation fuel, noting that the delay might even lead to the cancellation of some flights.

He, however, assured customers that Ibom Air is commited to addressing the situation which he described as unprecedented and disruptive to the airline’s value proposition.

According to the airline’s spokesman, the company will do everything it can to operate its flight schedule as close to 100% as possible and work to restore normalcy as soon as possible.

“This is to bring to your notice that the growing unavailability of aviation fuel has greatly impacted on our operations, leading to flight delays. At this point, it might now result in some flight cancellations.

“While this situation is unprecedented and disruptive to our value proposition, we assure you that it is as distressing to us as it is to you.

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“As Ibom Air, we will continue to do everything in our power to operate our flight schedule as close to 100% as possible while looking forward to normalcy being restored at the earliest,” the airline said in the statement.

The nation’s aviation industry has been facing challenges in recent times due to high operational costs with many airlines cancelling flight operations.

On Monday, Nigeria’s oldest airline, Aero Contractors announced the suspension of passenger flights from Wednesday, July 20.

The airline said the suspension was temporary but did not indicate when it will resume operations.

In a message posted on his Twitter handle, a spokesman for the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), Jude Nwauzor said Aero contractor’s suspension of flights was in the interest of humanity and safety of air passengers.

“Aero takes the issue of safety seriously, and will not compromise on that no matter the pressure. It was indeed a business decision taken in the interest of humanity and safety of air passengers in Nigeria and beyond,” Nwauzor wrote on his Twitter handle.

Also, on Wednesday, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) suspended the Air Transport Licence (ATL) and Air Operator Certificate (AOC) of Dana Air indefinitely.

The decision, according to NCAA Director-General, Captain Musa Nuhu, was made pursuant to Section 35(2), 3(b) and (4) of the Civil Aviation Act, 2006 and Part of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs), 2015.

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