The association of Airline Operators in Nigeria (AON), in a statement by its president, Dr. Yunusa Abdulmunaf on Sunday, has insisted on its plans to ground activities in the industry starting from Monday, May 9, over increasing hike in aviation fuel.
Recall that the association, on Friday, May 6, threatened to shutdown flight services to passengers if the federal government does not reduce the price of aviation fuel which is currently at N700 per litre.
Appealing to the association, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika said, the association should reconsider their decision in the interest of airline passengers, and the nation’s economy.
In response to the Minister’s appeal, Dr. Abdulmunaf argued that airline operators are also patriotic citizens like every other airline passengers, and that the association’s decision is also in the interest of the flying public who pay high amounts of money to board domestic flights.
He emphasized again that their decision is not only for the common interests of the flying public, but also for the nation.
Abdulmunaf however, frowned at Ibom Air, for refusing to stand by the collective decision of the association.