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Scarcity of aviation fuel hits airlines

24 July 2013, 11:01

 Ikeja  -The scarcity of aviation fuel being experienced by airlines is causing flight delays in some airports across the country, an official has said.

The Managing Director of IRS Airlines, Yemi Dada, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Tuesday.

"I can confirm to you that aviation fuel is scarce and it can impact on airline operations if the scarcity persists.

"Although, the price has not increased, but the product is not available now. Aviation fuel sells for between N160 and N180 per litre.

"We are appealing to the fuel marketers to make the product available,'' Dada said.

An aviation stakeholder, who asked for anonymity, told NAN that the situation had continued to persist in the past two days.

"Domestic airlines have been grappling with the challenge and it may worsen in the days ahead,’’ the source said.

The source hinted that the scarcity of aviation fuel, popularly called "Jet A-1", had continued to affect major flights into and out of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja.

"Most airlines have now had to go to airports in Kano and other places to source for aviation fuel, thereby impacting negatively on their operations,’’ the source said.

 - NAN

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