Perennial zero refining capacity of aviation fuel in the country has brought the supply deficit of the total Jet-A1 requirement a year to 500 million litres.
While the demand for aviation fuel, according to industry sources, continue to increase and estimated to have reached one billion litres last year, 100 per cent dependence on fuel importation amid foreign exchange challenges met only half of the potential demand in 2017.
Consequently, limited supply has pushed up the cost of fuel to between N205 to N275 for local operators. And to beat the shortage and cost, foreign airlines source for top up at Accra, Lome and Abidjan airports, after dispatching or picking passengers in Nigeria.
National Vice Chairman of Aviation Fuel Marketers Association of Nigeria (AFMAN), Olasimbo Betiku, said the main problem facing aviation fuel supply is the lack of local refining capability to complement importation, which is also challenged by dollar availability.