Arik Air Media Officer, Adebanji Ola, accused oil marketers in Nigeria of conspiring against the airline, resulting in flight disruptions at the carrier (234next.com, 29-Sep-2010). The carrier stated it is being punished for recently constructing a mini depot to store aviation fuel, although the depot only stores 100,000 litres, being a strategic reserve for its 150 daily services. Mr Ola added the capacity of the mini depot is below the airline's average daily requirement of 700,000 litres of jet fuel. Mr Ola argued that Arik is not the first or only airline in Nigeria to have a mini fuel depot, stating that Aero Contractors and Caverton Helicopters have such facility in Port Harcourt and Lagos, respectively.
Arik Air: "Major oil marketers, under the aegis of Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN), have ganged up against Arik Air starving the airline of aviation fuel, otherwise known as Jet A1. he marketers are not happy that the airline has built a mini-depot for the storage of Jet A1," Adebanji Ola, Media Officer. Source: 234next.com, 29-Sep-2010.