Nigerian airlines are abandoning the suspension of their operations initially planned for Monday due to soaring kerosene prices, the Association of Nigerian Airlines (AON) has announced.
The AON had first announced on Friday the suspension on Monday and "until further notice" of domestic flights due to the soaring price of JetA1 kerosene, whose price per liter has almost quadrupled.
After receiving "numerous calls from the highest levels of government promising urgent intervention (in the face of) the astronomical and ever-increasing cost of JetA1," the AON said in a statement, lifting "for now" the suspension of domestic flights.
"Thus and in the interest of the national economy, the AON (...) informs the general public that the previously announced shutdown of operations on May 9 is suspended pending successful engagement with the government," she said.
Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine in late February and the subsequent sanctions imposed on Moscow, world oil prices have soared, causing fuel prices to soar in many countries.
Aviation in Nigeria has been hit hard by the explosion of these prices, leading several unions in the sector to go on strike on Monday to demand an increase in the minimum wage.
The threat to suspend all domestic flights caused a flurry of reactions, with authorities calling on AON "to consider the multiplier effect of stopping their operations on Nigerians and travelers around the world.
For its part, the Nigerian Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) said it was seeking to find an "acceptable arrangement" with the major fuel traders.