Arik Air, West and Central Africa’s largest carrier has alerted air travelers of severe scarcity of aviation fuel (JET A1).
A statement by Mr. Banji Ola, head corporate communications for Arik reads: “The scarcity which has been on and off in the past few weeks has reached an alarming proportion as oil marketers are finding it difficult to cope with the requirements of the airline. The scarcity is more pronounced in Lagos and Abuja hubs where a number of flights had to be delayed while awaiting supply of fuel and some are cancelled due to untimely delivery by the marketers.”
Banji explained that some of the contributing factors to flight delays include, inadequate and unserviceable bowsers, as well as trucking distance to go back and forth between the depots and airport.
He said due to the inability of oil marketers to meet their daily fuel requirements because of the number of local, regional, and international flights they operate, operations are most impacted and passengers inconvenienced.
“We, therefore, appeal for the understanding of our guests as all stakeholders will continue to find a lasting solution to the problem” he added.