JET-A1 scarcity: Air fares re­main high as pas­sen­gers lament

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, La­gos

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.

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