MONROVIA – The current regional shortage of aviation fuel or jet fuel, the petroleum-based fuels or petroleum and synthetic fuel blends used to power aircraft such as commercial planes, may have spilled over to Liberia as a major marketer of the product has announced yesterday, Monday, December 26, 2022 that due to the delay in the arrival of vessels conveying the item to Liberia, there will be low fuel stock at the Roberts International Airport (RIA).
“We regret to inform the public that there is an aviation fuel (Jet A1) scarcity in several countries in the region. Our scheduled shipment of jet fuel which was due to arrive on December 14th, 2022 was delayed and we are now being informed that the vessel will not arrive in Liberia until January 13th, 2023. During this window, the airlines will use alternative locations for fueling”, the release said.
The release however said that all flights are on schedule as planned and will service their customers.
The release further said that all relevant stakeholders have been informed, including the Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Transport, the Liberian Civil Aviation Authority (LCAA), Roberts International Airlines (RIA) and the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), adding “this will allow all stakeholders time to plan accordingly”
The release then asked for the patience and understanding of the public and promised to update them as progress is made.