Nigerian airlines suspend flights due to soaring fuel prices

Nigerian airlines will suspend all flights from Monday due to rising jet fuel prices, an umbrella organization of operators said Saturday.

Since then, the cost of fuel has soared around the world Russia invaded its neighboring Ukraine in February, and the West responded by slapping sanctions in Moscow.

Airline operators from Nigeria have declared the price of the jet fuel it had gone from 190 to 700 Nigerian naira per liter (from $ 0.45 to nearly $ 1.70).

“No airline in the world can absorb this kind of sudden shock from such an astronomical increase in such a short period,” the AON said.

The group said it would now cost a customer 120,000 naira ($ 289) for a one-hour flight, an unaffordable sum for Nigerians “who are already experiencing a lot of hardship.”

The AON therefore wanted to “unfortunately inform the general public that member airlines will cease operations nationwide starting Monday 9 May 2022 until further notice,” he said.

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The aviation ministry responded by urging airlines to “consider the multiplier effect of the closure of operations, on Nigerians and global travelers”.

The Nigerian Consumer Protection Agency also begged “national airlines to consider the effect of the proposed closure on passengers and the extent of the difficulties and difficulties associated with such action.”

He added that he was “concerned about growing consumer feedback that airlines continued to sell tickets beyond the date announced for the proposed closure of the service.”

Social media users have made fun of airlines by suggesting customers to find alternative means of travel.

“Airlines in Nigeria will shut down their passenger services from Monday,” tweeted one to more than 110,000 followers.

“Hope you can trek from Lagos to Abuja” wrote, of the more than 700 kilometer (more than 400 mile) road trip between the country’s largest city and its capital, which normally takes just over an hour by plane.

“If you use the streets, I hope you have the ransom money?” they added, shedding light on kidnappings in other parts of the oil-rich country.

Nigeria produces 1.4 million barrels of crude oil per day, but refines little of it. It relies almost entirely on fuel imports, making the local market vulnerable to disruption.

Rising fuel prices have caused prolonged power outages in recent weeks.

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