The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) has put on hold its planned Flights Cessation earlier scheduled to commence on Monday, May 09 2022, TechEconomy.ng can report.
Although, AON claimed it acceded to the calls from government to suspend the plan, however, about four airlines had already pulled out of the Flights Cessation plan.
In a statement on Sunday evening, AON said 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, the Association 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”.
The statement jointly signed by Alhaji (Dr.) Abdulmunaf Yunusa Sarina, the AON President; Alhaji Shehu Wada – Executive Director, Max Air; Dr. Obiora Okonkwo – Chairman, United Nigeria Airlines; Capt. Roy Ilegbodu – CEO, Arik Air; Capt. Abdullahi Mahmood – CEO, Aero Contractors; Alhaji Faisal Abdulmunaf – MD, Azman Air and Barr. Allen Onyema, Chairman, Air Peace, reads:
“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”.