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Nigerian airlines have postponed plans to cancel flights due to rising fuel prices

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The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) have agreed to put on hold plans to block flights due to high jet fuel prices for the time being. The suspension was supposed to go into force on May 9, 2022.

This revelation comes after the AON announced on May 6, 2022, that its member airlines would suspend operations across Nigeria due to high fuel prices in a letter to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.

However, Nigerian government officials have pressed the AON to halt plans because to the potential long-term consequences.

The AON “acceded” to the government’s appeals, according to the Premium Times. “Further to numerous calls from the highest echelons in government with promises to urgently intervene in the crisis being faced by airlines due to the astronomic and continuously rising cost of JetA1, 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,” the Premium Times reports.

“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 the government,” said the Association.

Max Air, Ibom Air, Aero Contractors, Overland Airways, Air Peace, United Nigeria Airlines, Arik Air, Azman Air, and Dana Air are among AON’s member airlines.

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