Nigerian Airline Operators Call Off Impending Strike

Following a last minute intervention by the Federal Government of Nigeria, Airline operators on Sunday said they would not be suspending flight operations as earlier announced.

The body said, the government has agreed to dialogue with operators to secure a lasting solution to the incessant hike in the price of aviation fuel.

Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika

The operators’ position was contained in a statement on Sunday signed jointly by its President, Abdulmunaf Yunusa Sarina and other members.

“The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) wishes to inform the general public 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, that the AON 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.

“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.”

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