JET-A1 scarcity: Air fares remain high as passengers lament
There is no improvement in the availability of aviation fuel, known as Jet A1, which scarcity continues to disrupt domestic flights schedules, checks by Daily Trust have revealed.
At domestic wings of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, air fares remained exorbitantly high as airlines struggled to adjust to the fuel scarcity and the attendant price hike.
It was learnt that from the initial price of N115 per litre, aviation fuel now sold for as much as N200, per litre, in some places and went for between N170 and N180 in Lagos.
As a result of the scarcity, a one-hour flight from Lagos to Abuja, for instance, which fare used to be between N21,000 to N25,000, depending on the time of flight, now went for as high as N30,000. Check on Arik indicated that one-way trip fare from Lagos to Abuja has jumped to about N33,000 on economy class.
A check on the website of one of the airlines indicated that the fare for one-way flight was N35,000. Some airlines charged as much as N38,000, said a ticketing official, yesterday.
A spokesman of the Dana Air, Kingsley Okwudili, yesterday, said that air fares only increased slightly, adding that the situation regarding fuel scarcity was yet to improve.
Frustrated passengers, meanwhile, have continued to experience flights delay and cancellation across the country. Speaking, a passenger said: “I am supposed to be on the First Nation flight from Lagos to Abuja for 11:30a.m. We have been at the airport for over one hour to check in. No staff of First Nation has shown up at the airport and they have not said even a word to passengers.”
Another passenger, @ KayodeAkintemi, in a post on his twitter page, said: “I have not seen any country in the world where people sit at airport for hours and airlines cancel flights due to no fuel #smh”.
Aviation fuel suppliers, however, blamed the development on scarcity of foreign exchange to import the product.