The National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), an umbrella body for pilots and engineers in the country, says air travel is under threat.
President of NAAPE, Engr. Abednego Galadima, said this while reacting to the hardship aircraft have been experiencing lately.
Appealing to the Federal Government to intervene in the skyrocketing aviation fuel price, Galadima told journalists in Lagos that the situation has made air travel difficult for Nigerians.
He said the hike in price of aviation fuel in the country which is almost N700 per litre is capable of crippling domestic operators and by extension, the Nigerian aviation industry.
“We are very worried about this issue as it has made traveling very difficult for passengers and caused much disruption in the operations of domestic airlines.”
“The industry is still recovering from the negative impact of the pandemic and many airlines haven’t completely recovered. If this issue of scarcity is not immediately addressed by the Federal Government, not only would the airlines be negatively impacted, the ripple effect will be felt in the aviation downstream sector which may lead to job losses.
“It has been reported that the House of Representatives will convene a meeting of industry stakeholders with a view to solving the issue. But we don’t want it to stop at that.”
The NAAPE boss said the Federal Government must urgently address the issues causing the scarcity and price hike so that normalcy can be restored as soon as possible.
Daily Trust reports that airline operators have had to cancel tens of flights this week over the scarcity of Aviation fuel known as Jet A1.
The oil marketers blamed the development on high cost of foreign exchange.