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Hours Before the strike deadline, Airline Operators suspend service withdrawals


The Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) has put its plan to stop service at all Nigerian airports on hold.

Only a day before the withdrawal was scheduled to take place, the Airline Operators association announced that it was postponing the decision due to national economic and security concerns.

Abdulmunaf Sarina, the president of the AON, announced the suspension on Sunday in a statement signed by six members of the organization.

Abdulmunaf, the Managing Director of Azman Air, Shehu Wada, the Executive Director of Max Air, and Obiora Okonkwo, the Chairman of United Nigeria Airlines, are among them.

Roy Ilegbodu, the CEO of Arik Air, Abdullahi Mahmood, the CEO of Aero Contractors, and Allen Onyema, the Chairman of Air Peace are among the others.

The Ministry of Aviation had previously told Nigerians that AON members were evaluating their decision to stop flying on Monday, May 9.

It confirmed that Ibom Air, Green Africa Airlines, Arik Air, Dana Air, and other airlines declared they will be flying as usual.

Read the following statement from the association:


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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