Abuja has reportedly run out of aviation fuel as major fuel suppliers at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) do not have it in stock.
According to an airline CEO, who spoke with Daily Trust on Sunday, most operators are currently running helter skelter in order to meet their daily fuel supply for flight operations.
Virtually all local carriers are affected while Arik Air which is the worst hit has slashed its flights in the wake of the deteriorating scarcity.
Though Med-View Airline, Dana Air and Azman Air say they have operated their scheduled flights 100 per cent, it has been hectic for them getting fuel. The situation across airports was not different yesterday as many flights were delayed.
Accountable Manager of Dana Air, Mr. Obi Mbanuzuo, told Daily Trust that apart from Abuja not having fuel at all on Sunday, the supply in Lagos and Port Harcourt was epileptic, saying the fuel scarcity, rather than thaw, continued to exacerbate.
“The situation has not improved. For example today (yesterday) we don’t have any fuel in Abuja, we are picking from Lagos and it is not readily available. No fuel in Abuja, just little fuel in Port Harcourt. So the effect is still there”.
Also speaking, Director of Engineering, Med-View Airline, Engr. Lookman Animasahun, said, “The situation is getting worse and no airline is exempted from the effect of the scarcity”.
Findings by Daily Trust showed that prices vary across in the country. For instance, an operator can get the cheapest prices in Lagos N225-N230 per litre. In Abuja, it is sold at the rate of N230-N235; in Port Harcourt, at N240 while in Kano, a litre goes for as high as N252.