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Nigeria. Rising kerosene: airlines announce Monday to suspend their activities

#Other countries : Nigerian airlines are suspending operations on Monday “until further notice” amid rising jet fuel prices, the Air Operators Association of Nigeria (AON) has announced.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February and the sanctions imposed in the wake of Moscow, world oil prices have skyrocketed, driving fuel prices in many countries.

The price of JetA1 kerosene “has fallen from 190 naira (43 cents) to 700 naira (1.60 euros) per liter. No airline in the world can (…) absorb such an astronomical surge in such a short period of time,” the AON said in a statement on Friday.

For example, according to the AON, a plane ticket for a domestic flight of one hour currently costs an average of 270 euros, a colossal price for travelers “who are already experiencing a lot of difficulties”.

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“Therefore (…) the airlines will cease operations across the country from Monday, May 9, 2022 until further notice,” she continued.

Faced with this situation, the Ministry of Airlines has called on airlines, “even in this difficult situation”, “to take into account the multiplier effect of ceasing their operations on Nigerians and travelers around the world”.

Recalling in its press release published on Saturday that the supply of fuel is not its responsibility, the ministry refers to “efforts made to calm the situation”.

For its part, the Nigerian Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) said on Saturday that it is working to find an “acceptable settlement” with key fuel traders.

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The FCCPC also expressed “concern” about the response from many Nigerians “that airlines have continued to sell tickets after the announced date”.

On social media, many Nigerian netizens expressed anger, at times ironically, after the AON announcement urged travelers to “seek alternatives”.

“I hope you can walk from Lagos to Abuja,” the country’s economic and federal capitals, more than 500 kilometers apart, launched on Twitter @firstladyship on Saturday, an account followed by more than 110,000 followers.