Flight Delays & Cancellations: Arik Air Laments Scarcity of Aviation Fuel

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Arik Air on Friday alerted passengers of worsening aviation fuel supply leading to flight delays and some cancellations at airports across the country.

The airline made the announcement in a statement signed by its Communications Manager, Ola Adebanji.

The statement said the fuel scarcity which has been on for several days was becoming more intense.

It said this was due to the inability of approved major fuel marketers to meet the demands of the airline, especially at this time when the maximum number of passengers were travelling for the yuletide.

“Arik Air, the largest airline operator, has been operating over 100 daily flights and therefore experiences a larger impact of this scarcity, compared to other airlines.

The airline requires a daily supply of approximately 500,000 litres for its operations but it has been getting between 180,000 and 200,000 over the past 10 days, which has severely impacted the scheduled flight operations.

Despite the abrupt and random fuel price increase by some marketers, which the airline may be forced to pass on to its customers, the product supply still remains epileptic,’’ the statement said.

It therefore, appealed for the understanding of its passengers, who had been booked to travel on its flights.

According to the statement, passengers are also advised to always visit the airline’s website, www.arikair.com or contact the Call Center on 01 2799999, for information about their flights.

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