The fuel scarcity confronting the Nigerian aviation sector seems to be worsening as many morning flights were rescheduled on Monday, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded at various airports across the country.
For instance, at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos State domestic terminals, there was chaos as virtually all the airlines rescheduled their flights.
This is just as it was learnt that aviation fuel has hit N600 per litre in Lagos for the first time since the scarcity started.
Though the aviation fuel had been selling for N600 outside Lagos, especially in the Northern parts of Nigeria, while it was around N575-N579 last week, this is the first time it would hit N600 since the scarcity and price hike started.
This has left many airline operators in a difficult situation with the drastic increase in the high cost of their operations.
Passengers have become victims of the present circumstances as many flights are now rescheduled, delayed for hours and often times cancelled.
Due to these recent events, many passengers at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport (MMIA) domestic wing were stranded.
It was gathered that Air Peace, Dana Air, Ibom Air, Arik Air, Azman, Max Air, among others have some of their morning flights rescheduled.
It was also learnt that other airlines were busy attending to passengers that had their flights hitherto rescheduled in the last few days.
The House of Representatives had intervened in the Jet A1 scarcity last week by summoning the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Melee Kyari alongside airline operators and the regulatory authorities.
However, the problem has not subsided since last week while the aviation fuel marketers are expected to meet the lawmakers this week.