The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), has rescinded its earlier decision to halt flight operations across the nation.

Sighting the increased price of aviation fuel, the operators had resolved to embark on a nationwide strike; announcing its decision on Friday to this effect. The planned halt was to start May 9.

Nonetheless, the body came out to retract this decision by releasing a second statement on the eve of Sunday, stating that high-tier members of the government had promised to intervene urgently.

An earlier announcement on Sunday however reiterated that the AON will not relent in its planned suspension of flight operations. Reports further suggested that Ibom Air, Aero Contractors, Dana Air, and Arik Air will continue operating, after all four airline had decided to do so.

Furthermore, a comprehensive statement by the AON highlighted the utmost consideration of customers, alongside the effect on both economy and security on a national scale.

“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,” the statement read.

The statement was signed by Abdulmunaf Yunusa Sarina, AON President; Shehu Wada, Executive Director, Max Air; Obiora Okonkwo, Chairman, United Nigeria Airlines; Roy Ilegbodu, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Arik Air; Abdullahi Mahmood, CEO, Aero Contractors; Faisal Abdulmunaf, Managing Director, Azman Air; and Allen Onyema, Chairman of Air Peace.

Talks are expected to take place between members of the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), and the federal government, with emphasis on the hiked price of aviation fuel; to see if a compromise is feasible.

Members of the House of Representatives on Sunday stated that they would meet with airline operators on Monday following concerns by the carriers as regards the astronomical jump in the price of aviation fuel from N190/litre to N700/litre.

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