After a weeklong scarcity of Jet A1, which crippled airlines’ operations and saw hundreds of flights cancelled, normalcy has returned to the airports, as supply of aviation fuel gears up.
When LEADERSHIP visited the Murtala Mohammed Airport (MMA) in Lagos, the crowds have disappeared at both terminals– the General Aviation Terminal and the MMA2.
A staff of First Nation Airways, in a brief chat with our correspondent at MMA2 said flight were going as scheduled without most airlines having to merge flights as was done in the last one week.
The airport worker, who identified himself simply as Jamiu, confirmed that the airlines had been to receive normal supply of Jet A1 (aviation fuel).
“There are no aviation fuel scarcity again. As at yesterday, it was like it wasn’t going to end soon, but now, as you can see, everything is moving on fine. Our 11am flight just left. We would have merged it with that of 1pm but there’s no need for merging flights anymore,” he said.
However, our correspondent observed that the airport was scanty. Only a few people were seen and no check-in was going on at 11.30am when LEADERSHIP visited the MMA2 at the same time the labour unions were staging a protest against the increase in fuel pump price at the airport
The protesters blocked the airport access road, making vehicular movement impossible. The roads were blocked on both sides.
But Jamiu said, that was not the reason for the few number of people at the airport. He suggested that passengers might have stayed away from flying due to fears that the delays and cancellations would continue yesterday.
At the GAT, however, Arik Air recorded some delays.
The airline’s 1pm flights to Abuja and Jos & Kaduna were delayed by one hour and 40 minutes respectively.
The announcer cited “operational reasons.”
Arik’s 1.30pm flight to Port Harcourt was also delayed for 30 minutes for operational reasons. This is in spite of the fact that the aircraft’s arrival from Port Harcourt has earlier been announced.
Meanwhile, the protest by organised labour around the airport premises continued leading to hours of traffic jams.
The protesters called on the federal government to reverse the new pump price, or risk total breakdown of the economy.
Source : Leadership