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Apapa gridlock hits airline operators

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Airlines are being held back from taking off due to traffic congestion on the popular Apapa-Oshodi Expressway in Lagos.

Most flights out of the Lagos airports were delayed or cancelled as many passengers were seen waiting at the General Aviation Terminal (GAT).

Infrastructure News learnt the gridlock at the Apapa port prevented petroleum tanker drivers from lifting products to the airline operators.

Media consultant to Med-View Airline, Obuke Oyibhota, described the development as a general problem faced by the airlines.

“There is a general scarcity of aviation fuel. We have gotten a way around it to enable us continue our operations during the period, but we don’t know how long it will last,” Obuke said.

Other airlines are also coping with the problem in their own way. Air Peace’s Manager, Corporate Communication, Chris Iwarah said: ”The scarcity is affecting flights to some extent at the moment, but we are still relying on our stock and the arrangement we made with suppliers.

“However, nobody knows whether it may become more difficult, but for now we are trying to see how we can manage the plans we have on ground to ensure that the impact is only minimal”.

Passengers affected by the sad development, have urged the government to intervene in the situation and put in place lasting solutions.

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