Nigeria’s airlines say the price of jet fuel has risen from 190 to 700 Nigerian naira per liter in the wake of the war in Ukraine.
Nigerian airlines will suspend all domestic flights from Monday due to a quadrupling of jet fuel prices, an operator umbrella organization said on Saturday.
Nigeria’s airlines said the price of jet fuel had risen from 190 to 700 Nigerian naira per liter (from $0.45 to nearly $1.70). The increase in aviation fuel prices is mainly caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February.
Fuel costs worldwide have skyrocketed since Russia invaded its western neighbour, triggering a wide range of sanctions by the West against Moscow – a major exporter of oil and gas.
“No airline in the world can absorb such sudden shocks from such an astronomical rise in a short period of time,” the AON said, adding that it would now cost a customer 120,000 naira ($289) for a one-hour flight. an amount unaffordable for Nigerians “who already have many difficulties”.
The AON therefore wanted “unfortunately to inform the general public that member airlines will cease operations nationwide from Monday, May 9, 2022 until further notice,” it said.
The Ministry of Aviation responded by urging airlines to “consider the multiplier effect of cessation of operations on Nigerians and international travelers”.
The Nigerian Consumer Protection Agency also implored “domestic airlines to consider the effect of the proposed closure on passengers and the magnitude of the difficulties and hardships associated with such action”.
It added that it was “concerned about increasing consumer feedback that airlines have continued to sell tickets after the announced date for the proposed discontinuation of the service.”
Social media users joked about the airlines suggesting customers seek alternative modes of travel.
“Airlines in Nigeria will close their services to passengers from Monday,” tweeted one of more than 110,000 followers.
“I hope you can trek from Lagos to Abuja?” they wrote about the journey of more than 700 kilometers (more than 400 miles) by road between the largest city in the country and the capital – a journey that normally takes a little over an hour on a plane.
“If you use the roads, I hope you got your ransom?” they added, shedding light on kidnappings in other parts of the oil-rich country.
Nigeria produces 1.4 million barrels of crude oil per day, but refines little. It relies almost entirely on fuel imports, leaving the local market vulnerable to disruption.
Rising fuel prices have led to prolonged power cuts in recent weeks.