The management of Arik Air has disclosed that the airline is losing close to one million dollars every day the airline is unable to do about 20 percent of its normal flight operations due to the shortage of Aviation fuel popularly called Jet A1.
Disclosing this during a press conference in Lagos, the managing director of Arik Air, Mr. Chris Ndulue accompanied by Senior Vice President flight operations and Deputy Managing Director, Captain Ado Sanusi and the Senior Vice President, Commercial, Mr. Sivaswamy Ramachandran stated that the situation is getting extremely difficult. The airline is not getting fuel again as it used to get from Port Harcourt or Kano.
He said the airline does between 116 flights to 125 flights daily during their normal operations.
Ndulue expressed the optimism that the strike should be called off soon, so that the airline will return to its full scale operations.
He disclosed further that the airline uses from 500,000 to 800,000 litres of fuel on a daily basis depending on the day of the operations as the Aviation fuel scarcity started being felt from Thursday, 23rd April.
“Last week, our flights to London Heathrow, New York JFK and to Johannesburg have had to first fly to cities like Cotonou and Kano and Port Harcourt to seek for fuel before flying to their scheduled destinations.
Because we are the largest carrier in Nigeria that runs the most number of flights, the scarcity, logically means that we are most affected. It means more of our flights are delayed. If competition had to cancel only 2 flights, we may have to cancel 20 flights.
We require between 500,000 to 800,000 litres of Jet A1 daily to run a smooth operation.
Our Airbus A330, which goes to London and sometimes JFK sometimes require 108,000 litres of fuel. That is about 3 and a half long trucks carrying 30,000 litres of Jet A1 each to fill one plane”, Ndulue said.
He explained further that “our Airbus A340, which flies non-stop to JFK New York, requires 125,000 litres of Jet A1 to embark on that flight. That is over 4 trucks carrying 30, 000 litres each
Because of the scarcity, we have to scale down our operations to within 20 percent of our normal operations today, 01 May 2015.

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