An airline manager and the Port Harcourt station manager of the Max Airline, Mr Ejike Osuji, has urged operators in the oil and gas sector in Nigeria to consider the production of aviation fuel, otherwise known as Jet A1 in the country.
He said the call became imperative given the high cost of aviation fuel which gulps over 30 percent of operational cost of airlines in Nigeria.
Osuji who made the call while interacting with TheTide recently at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, noted that the supply of the product was sometimes epileptic, resulting to disruption of flight movements.
According to him, the production of Jet A1 in Nigeria would regularize supply and bring about reduced cost which would also translate into lower air fares by airlines.
The airline manager also lamented the high cost of aircraft maintenance, which he described as ‘atrocious’, largely because these costs are domesticated in dollars, and commended efforts being made by Federal Government to set up Maintenance, Repairs, and Overhaul (MRO) facility.
“That is part of the Federal Government’s strategic plans to reduce capital flight, lower the times aircraft leaves the country for repairs, and lower the cost of maintenance.
“ The aviation sector in Nigeria today is altogether safe as accidents have remained at zero level for six consecutive years with serious or reportable incidents at acceptable level. This good news that rekindles hope in the sector “, he said.