This is due to the hike in aviation fuel price in the country, Chairman, Airline Operators of Nigeria, Capt. Noggie Meggison, said in a meeting with Minister of state for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika.
The meeting was attended by stakeholders and AON delegation had almost all the chief executive officers of the domestic carriers in attendance.
“The pricing of aviation fuel is something that is mind-blowing. They just endorsed a circular last week in Lagos increasing fuel from N115 to N150. The aviation industries worldwide are declaring profits because of the aviation fuel that has come down in their climes; but in Nigeria, the price of aviation fuel is going up,” Meggison said.
“We are paying N150 per litre and that is why we pray that the minister should be please assist us in looking into this matter in order to cut down the bills that will be passed on the customers.”
The AON also complained that many Nigerian airports lacked the capacity to operate in the evening. He said most of the airports end operations for the day by 6.30 pm.
In response, Sirika assured that Jet-A1 would be made available before the end of the year when some of the refineries would come on stream in full.