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BREAKING: Airline operators suspend planned shutdown

This followed the Federal Government's intervention which promised to dialogue with operators on the high cost of aviation fuel being sold for N700 per litre.

Airline operators under the aegis of Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) say they have suspended the planned suspension of flights earlier scheduled for Monday.

This followed the Federal Government’s intervention which promised to dialogue with operators on the high cost of aviation fuel being sold for N700 per litre.

The President of AON, Abdulmunaf Yunusa Sarina, and other airline operators announced the suspension in a statement on Sunday evening, a copy of which was given to Persecondnews.

Others signatories  include the Executive Director, Max Air, Alhaji Shehu Wada; the Chairman, United Nigeria Airlines, Dr. Obiora Okonkwo; the CEO, Arik Air, Capt. Roy Ilegbodu; the CEO, Aero Contractors, Capt. Abdullahi Mahmood; the MD, Azman Air, Faisal Abdulmunaf, and Chairman, Air Peace, Barr. Allen Onyema.

“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,” the statement said.

“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.”

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