- Arik Air Cuts Flights Over Aviation Fuel Scarcity
Scarcity of aviation fuel , otherwise known as Jet A – 1, is taking a huge toll on domestic flight operations, forcing major carrier Arik Air to reduce flights.
Flight reduction, the airline said is an intervention measure taken to cope with the situation .
The airline’s spokesman, Mr. Adebanji Ola said in a statement that aviation fuel scarcity started manifesting last week when major oil marketers began to ration the supply of the product to airlines.
Ola said Arik with its daily need of about 500,000 litres to operate 100 daily flights is most affected by the current scarcity .
He said the carrier had to re- route one of its flights to Port Harcourt to pick fuel.
Ola said : “With a daily fuel need of about 500,000 litres and an average of over 100 daily flights, Arik Air is mostly affected by this scarcity which is the fourth this year alone. One of the airline’s flights to Johannesburg on Tuesday had to be routed via Port Harcourt to pick up fuel.