January 28, 2023

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Travelers alerted of impending flight delays due to fuel scarcity

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Prof. Obiora Okonkwo, Spokesperson, Airline Operators of Nigeria, AON, Chairman, United Nigeria Airlines, UNA

All classes of air travelers have been urged to be twice careful in their travel plans during this festive period because of an impending factor which is as potent as the weather if not more, that is wont to pose flight delays in all the nation’s airport throughout the festive season and perhaps beyond if a drastic remedy is not sought

This travel alert is contained in the media statement issued by the Airline Operators of Nigeria, AON, and signed by its Spokesman, Prof. Obiora Okonkwo, OFR, who said the albatross for the impending delay is the scarcity of aviation fuel, otherwise known as JET-A1.

The media statement exercised fears that the scarcity may compel airlines to enter the mode of rescheduling and regrettably cancellations of flights.

Airline operators noted that “this unintended development is a pain on airline operators and a stain on the industry, especially at this time of mass movement of people for the Christmas and New Year festivities”.

Prof. Obiora Okonkwo in the statement informed the passengers that his fellow owners of airlines “will do our utmost best to manage the situation and ensure safe flight operations. We plead the understanding of the traveling public in the circumstance”,

Okonkwo who is the Chairman and owner of United Nigeria Airlines, UNA, appealed to the government and various government agencies saddled with the provision of aviation fuel to go the extra mile to ensure the availability of this very crucial commodity that could stall even excellently scheduled or even none scheduled flight operations.

He thus appealed, “we also call on the concerned authorities including product importers and marketers to do their best to resolve this ugly situation so as to ease the stress it brings on the traveling public”.

Okonkwo however pledged on behalf of airline owners that, “as Airline Operators, we remain committed to doing all that is necessary to ensure seamless services and safe air travels in our dear country”, he concluded.

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