The remaining 5 members of the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) have decided to suspend the planned cessation of flight operations in the aviation sector earlier scheduled to commence on Monday 9th, 2022 following the intervention of the Nigerian government agencies and other stakeholders in the industry.
This is after 5 members of AON opted out of the plan to stop flights.
Green Africa did not sign on to the initial plan to stop flights. Later Ibomair pulled out claiming investor’s interest as they are the only airline that serves Uyo the capital city of the major investor Akwa Ibom State.
Dana Airline withdrew joined by Overland and Arik in that Order.
Meanwhile Azman, Max, Aero, Air Peace and United Nigeria had issued releases announcing the stoppage of flights for Monday the 9th of May.
This is as the Aviation Unions have confirmed that the warning strike will still go ahead on the 9th and 10th of May.
The AON had resolved to shelve flight operations in the sector over the rising cost of Jet A1 from N190 per litre to N700 which they say has increased the operating cost of the airlines.
The airline in a press release said: “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 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 fate pending the outcome of hopefully fruitful engagement with government”