Foreign carriers are currently depending on Nigeria following the shortage of aviation fuel, otherwise known as Jet A1, in Ghana.
Most of the carriers were those from Europe and the United States (U.S.), as they now stop over to refuel in the country despite its huge cost. Although the Ghanaian government is trying to offer explanation for the shortage of aviation fuel in the country, airlines have no choice but to depend on supplies from Togo, Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria, according to a Ghana web report.
According to the report, the situation has taken a heavy toll on some domestic travellers in Ghana whose flights have been cancelled. This is because domestic airlines have had to surcharge GH¢15 on each ticket in order to make up for extra costs incurred from the shortage crisis. Presently, the product is transported into the country by road from Togo, Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria, the Ghana web reported.
Nigerian aviation experts said the situation usually occurred from time to time, adding that Nigerian airlines had also depended on Ghana in the past whenever there was shortage in the country. Aviation expert and Managing Director, Belujane Konzult, Mr. Chris Aligbe, said the current development would benefit Nigerian oil marketers only, noting that the situation would ease out in ‘few days’ The development is however biting hard on domestic travellers in Ghana.