Indications have emerged revealing that some domestic airlines may cease operations over the rising price of aviation fuel, otherwise known as Jet A1.
Given that there has been a sustained increase in the price of aviation fuel over the last two years, airlines have been forced to enhance their operations by raising ticket prices.

In less than eight months, specifically between July 2023 and February 2024, the product’s swinging price saw local carriers struggle with 109 per cent price increment.

The 12 scheduled airlines in the country, including Air Peace, Aero Contractors, Arik Air, Max Air, Azman, Dana Air, Ibom Air, Green Africa, Overland, Rano Air, ValueJet and United Nigeria Airlines, UNA, had made efforts to stay in business, even as the price of jet fuel surged from N629 to N1,316.

With the situation no longer sustainable, some airlines are looking at discontinuing operations, reports gathered.

Although efforts to get the price of jet fuel as of press time failed, Chief Operating Officer of Ibom Air, Mr George Uriesi, told Vanguard that it was fluctuating between N1,300 and N1,500.

April 1, 2024

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