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Aviation Fuel: Nigerians Air Passengers Experience Delays, Cancellations 

Passengers departing from different airports in Nigeria are once again experiencing aircraft delays and cancellations due to a resurgence of the aviation fuel shortage.

Airlines purchased aviation last week for as much as N850 per liter, and some suppliers were unable to keep up with the demand from the airlines due to fuel shortages. This hurt airline operations and resulted in several flight delays and cancellations.

The predicament has prompted the airlines to look for measures to lessen the effects, making use of the interline agreement that domestic carriers signed a few months ago.

Six Nigerian airlines, including Air Peace, Azman Air, United Nigeria Airline, Arik Air, Aero Contractors, and Max Air, inked the “Spring Alliance” agreement in March 2022 to cooperate on operations and enhance customer service.

According to travelers, this partnership has lessened cancellations and delays.

At the Murtala Muhammed Airport, several travelers whose flights were behind up over the weekend spoke with BusinessDay.

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“We are no longer surprised by delays. Nowadays, airlines utilize the shortage of aviation fuel as a justification for delaying flights. My Arik Air trip is scheduled to depart at 10:00, but the flight has once more been delayed for an additional hour. I simply hope they won’t put it off much longer,” traveler Ime Susan told BusinessDay.

“The same flight delay occurred last week on Green Africa. Due to a lack of aviation fuel, almost all airlines no longer operate on time. Hours of suffering are endured by passengers while they wait for flights to depart.

Another traveler named Emmanuel claimed that if United Nigeria did not have an interline agreement with Dana, allowing Dana to pick up stranded passengers that were due to fly on United Nigeria, he would have missed his engagement in Abuja last week.

“Last week, I arrived at the airport and was informed that, after purchasing a ticket with United Nigeria, I will be traveling with Dana from the Lagos airport,” he stated. Last week, around this time, the fuel crisis reappeared, and I believe it had an impact on the airline.

“United Airlines used its relationship with Dana to protect the passengers and make sure they reached their destinations rather than canceling the trip. I must congratulate United Nigeria and Dana on their agreements. These agreements that safeguard travelers and lessen airline delays and cancellations are something we hope to see more of.

Another traveler, who only gave his name as Yusuf, claimed that his trip to Kano last week was delayed by roughly two hours, which affected his day’s plans.

Since practically all flights now have delays, he said, “I don’t think this is the greatest time to go to Nigeria.” This can have an impact on travelers’ plans.

According to BusinessDay’s findings, as of Friday, a few planes were leaving Lagos on time with little delays due to a lack of aviation fuel.

Green Africa’s Obiukwu Mbanuzuo, chief commercial officer, verified to BusinessDay that the fuel shortage had improved since it had returned last week.

The worst, in his opinion, occurred last Tuesday when there was essentially no fuel in Lagos, Abuja, and Owerri, and their flights were forced to divert to Port Harcourt to refuel.

“Consider a flight from Owerri to Lagos that needs to stop in Port Harcourt to collect gasoline,” he remarked. From Enugu to Lagos, the same thing occurred; we made a fuel stop in Port Harcourt. However, things are improving now that supplies are generally again available.

Last week, the price was also an issue. In other places, we had to pay up to N850 a liter for the meager fuel that was available.

Few glitches, he added, were still causing delays. “For instance, on Thursday, our morning flights—which usually depart at 6 a.m. and 7 a.m.—get fuel at 4 a.m. or 5 a.m. However, the gasoline marketer didn’t show up until 7 am, thus the 6 am flight took off late as well as the 7 am flight. This has an impact on all of the following flights that day. Someone on a delayed flight at 5 o’clock might not be aware that it was caused by a delayed 7 o’clock flight because of a fuel shortage.

Dana Air predicted flight delays in the upcoming days in a statement released on Friday in response to the ongoing fuel shortage in various airports across the nation.

While we are working hard to minimize the anticipated delays, Dana promised to keep you updated on any changes to our plans.

Despite its best efforts, Ibom Air management warned the public and its clients on Friday that due to the closure of a domestic airport runway and a shortage of aviation fuel, its passengers will encounter flight delays at this time.

The airline said that each of these causes frequently caused delays in its operations.

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Passengers departing from different airports in Nigeria are once again experiencing aircraft delays and cancellations due to a resurgence of the aviation fuel shortage.

Airlines purchased aviation last week for as much as N850 per liter, and some suppliers were unable to keep up with the demand from the airlines due to fuel shortages. This hurt airline operations and resulted in several flight delays and cancellations.

The predicament has prompted the airlines to look for measures to lessen the effects, making use of the interline agreement that domestic carriers signed a few months ago.

Six Nigerian airlines, including Air Peace, Azman Air, United Nigeria Airline, Arik Air, Aero Contractors, and Max Air, inked the “Spring Alliance” agreement in March 2022 to cooperate on operations and enhance customer service.

According to travelers, this partnership has lessened cancellations and delays.

At the Murtala Muhammed Airport, several travelers whose flights were behind up over the weekend spoke with BusinessDay.

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“We are no longer surprised by delays. Nowadays, airlines utilize the shortage of aviation fuel as a justification for delaying flights. My Arik Air trip is scheduled to depart at 10:00, but the flight has once more been delayed for an additional hour. I simply hope they won’t put it off much longer,” traveler Ime Susan told BusinessDay.

“The same flight delay occurred last week on Green Africa. Due to a lack of aviation fuel, almost all airlines no longer operate on time. Hours of suffering are endured by passengers while they wait for flights to depart.

Another traveler named Emmanuel claimed that if United Nigeria did not have an interline agreement with Dana, allowing Dana to pick up stranded passengers that were due to fly on United Nigeria, he would have missed his engagement in Abuja last week.

“Last week, I arrived at the airport and was informed that, after purchasing a ticket with United Nigeria, I will be traveling with Dana from the Lagos airport,” he stated. Last week, around this time, the fuel crisis reappeared, and I believe it had an impact on the airline.

“United Airlines used its relationship with Dana to protect the passengers and make sure they reached their destinations rather than canceling the trip. I must congratulate United Nigeria and Dana on their agreements. These agreements that safeguard travelers and lessen airline delays and cancellations are something we hope to see more of.

Another traveler, who only gave his name as Yusuf, claimed that his trip to Kano last week was delayed by roughly two hours, which affected his day’s plans.

Since practically all flights now have delays, he said, “I don’t think this is the greatest time to go to Nigeria.” This can have an impact on travelers’ plans.

According to BusinessDay’s findings, as of Friday, a few planes were leaving Lagos on time with little delays due to a lack of aviation fuel.

Green Africa’s Obiukwu Mbanuzuo, chief commercial officer, verified to BusinessDay that the fuel shortage had improved since it had returned last week.

The worst, in his opinion, occurred last Tuesday when there was essentially no fuel in Lagos, Abuja, and Owerri, and their flights were forced to divert to Port Harcourt to refuel.

“Consider a flight from Owerri to Lagos that needs to stop in Port Harcourt to collect gasoline,” he remarked. From Enugu to Lagos, the same thing occurred; we made a fuel stop in Port Harcourt. However, things are improving now that supplies are generally again available.

Last week, the price was also an issue. In other places, we had to pay up to N850 a liter for the meager fuel that was available.

Few glitches, he added, were still causing delays. “For instance, on Thursday, our morning flights—which usually depart at 6 a.m. and 7 a.m.—get fuel at 4 a.m. or 5 a.m. However, the gasoline marketer didn’t show up until 7 am, thus the 6 am flight took off late as well as the 7 am flight. This has an impact on all of the following flights that day. Someone on a delayed flight at 5 o’clock might not be aware that it was caused by a delayed 7 o’clock flight because of a fuel shortage.

Dana Air predicted flight delays in the upcoming days in a statement released on Friday in response to the ongoing fuel shortage in various airports across the nation.

While we are working hard to minimize the anticipated delays, Dana promised to keep you updated on any changes to our plans.

Despite its best efforts, Ibom Air management warned the public and its clients on Friday that due to the closure of a domestic airport runway and a shortage of aviation fuel, its passengers will encounter flight delays at this time.

The airline said that each of these causes frequently caused delays in its operations.

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