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Fuel shortages: Flights grounded

16 May 2016, 08:03

Lagos - The scarcity of aviation fuel, which has affected the industry over the past few days, became worse on Sunday as a number of domestic airlines cancelled their evening flights out of Lagos, while others simply rescheduled them, according to The Advocate.

Aero Contractors, Medview and First Nation were among the airlines who cancelled flights on Sunday, while Dana Air rescheduled flights for passengers.

This comes after last week when hundreds of passengers were stranded at the Nbamii Azikwe-International airport Abuja over flight delays, All Africa reported.

Once again domestic flights were mostly affected as a method to ease the pressure on International flights out of Nigeria. 

According to the passenger who was due to fly Dana Air’s flight 9J 359 from Lagos to Abuja, the 5.10pm flight was cancelled with the passengers dispersing in disappointment.

“It is scandalous and disheartening. A lot of passengers were left confused as to what to do because most of them seemed to have one engagement or the other to honour at their destinations. Even the message notifying me of the rescheduling came in after I had returned home,” the passenger said.

Airlines spend more than 70 per cent of operations cost on fuel, Stakeholders in the airline Industry blame the flight disruptions on the fuel scarcity crisis in Nigeria.

- News24 Nigeria


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