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Operators allay fear over scarcity of aviation fuel

Fuel_Big• U.S. team in Nigeria for security audit of MMIA

OPERATORS and stakeholders in the aviation sector have allayed fear of scarcity of aviation fuel known as JET A1, as the country continues to groan under the harsh effect of the shortage of petrol.

Some of the operators who spoke to The Guardian yesterday, Aero Contractors, Medview and Dana Airlines, assured of the steady provision of services without hitches as they had made pro-active arrangement in the eventuality of short supply of JET A1.

The fear of scarcity in the supply of JET A1 was first raised on Tuesday when Arik Airline was reported to have said that it was experiencing shortage in the supply of the product, which it said had led to the re-scheduling and cancellation of flights.

Arik, had in a statement by its Public Relations and Communication Manager, Ola Adebanji, reportedly said, “The limited supply of JET A1 (aviation fuel) across the country in the last few days has greatly hampered our flight operations.”

Meanwhile, a four-man team from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has arrived Nigeria to carry out a security audit of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport [MMIA] Lagos in line with TSA’s security procedures.

The team led by Transportation Security Specialist (TSS), had also visited the Director General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Capt. Muhtar Usman to brief him on the exercise.

Speaking on the visit, Captain Usman said the team would observe the implementation of aviation security measures in place at the MMIA and exchange technical expertise in line with ICAO Annex 17 and International Aviation Security Standard and best practices.

Spokesperson for Medview Airlines, Obuke Oyibuotha said the airline had envisaged that the scarcity could extend to the sector and had made a contingency arrangement with the firm supplying it fuel.

Dana also said it had envisaged that aviation fuel could be affected and had therefore planned ahead. Dana’s spokesperson Kingsley Ezenwa however, said he did not know how long the current supply could sustain the airline.

Aero’s spokesperson, Simon Tumba said though the airline did not have problem with JET A1 on Tuesday, it however, experienced a little one yesterday, which according to him had been sorted out, assuring that normal operation and flights had been restored almost immediately.



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