Abuja – The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Abuja, says the Federal Government is planning to open a refinery for the production of aviation fuel called Jet A1.
Mr Sam Adurogboye, the Head of Public Affairs, said the development was to address the high cost of aviation fuel so as to meet the demand of airlines and reduce flight fares.
Adurogboye said this in a telephone conversation in Abuja on Thursday.
On the current high fares by the airlines, especially on local flights, he said that NCAA had no control over it, but had the power to check the excesses and greed of airline operators.
The NCAA spokesman said that air fare was controlled by demand and supply, adding that airlines were just fixing fares as it suited their business.
“NCAA does not fix air ticket price because air fare and airline business have been deregulated in Nigeria according to the policy on aviation in the country; the airlines are only required to file a notice of increase with NCAA.
“On fuel, the Federal Government has directed NCAA Director-General, Dr Harold Demuren to step in and he has had two meetings with the airlines, fuel marketers, NNPC and the Department of Petroleum Resources, on a way out.
“The report will soon be forwarded to the Federal Government. In the interim, the government is working on a way to ensure that one of the refineries are able to refine aviation fuel in large quantities to meet demands’’ Adurogboye said.
Mrs Ify Umenyi, the Director-General, Consumer Protection Council, also said that except the government provided a refinery, the problem of high cost on air tickets would not be resolved.
Mr Alfred Itua, Head of Public Affairs, Federal Airport Authority (FAAN), Abuja, had said that the price of aviation fuel had been on the increase lately.
According to him, the fuel sold at the rate of N100 per litre in January, now sells at between N160 and N180 per litre.
Mr Kayode Adeniran, the Station Manager, Dana Airline, had said that airfare was jacked up due to the increase on price of aviation fuel.(NAN)