Nigerian Airline Operators suspend shutdown

On Friday, May 6, Arete news reported a planned shutdown by the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) due to the rising cost of jet fuel.

The shutdown was scheduled to begin Monday, May 9, however on Sunday, May 8, AON announced that they would not continue with the planned suspension of flight operations as earlier announced. The body clarified that their decision followed intervention by the government with promises to continue dialogue with operators in seeking lasting solutions to the astronomic rise in the price of aviation fuel.

The statement read: “The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) wishes to inform the general public that further to numerous calls from the highest echelons in government with promises to urgently intervene in the crises being faced by airlines due to the astronomic and continuously rising cost of JetA1, that the AON has acceded to requests to withdraw the action for the time being while we allow for a fresh round of dialogue with the government in the hope of reaching an amicable solution.

We have also reached this decision with the highest consideration for our esteemed customers who have been faced with uncertainty over the last few days and to enable them to have access to travel to their various destinations for the time being during the period of discussions with relevant authorities.

In view of the above and in the interest of national economy and security considerations, AON hereby wishes to notify the general public that the earlier announced shutdown of operations on May 9, 2022 is hereby suspended in good faith pending the outcome of hopefully fruitful engagement with government.”

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