Airline operators suspend withdrawal of services hours to deadline
The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) has suspended its decision to withdraw its services across all airports in the country over the increased cost of aviation fuel.
President of the AON, Alhaji Abdulmunaf Yunusa Sarina who announced this on Sunday May 8, said the decision was taken after deliberations with the Federal Government.
In a statement, Sarina said the AON said acceded to the calls from the “highest echelons of government” to halt the action.
He said the government promised “to urgently intervene in the crises being faced by airlines due to the astronomic and continuously rising cost of JetA1.”
The statement read;
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.