JUST IN: Dana Air announces resumption of operation 

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Dana Air on Friday announced that it will resume flight operation on Wednesday, 9 November, 2022.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) had on 20 July 2022 suspended Dana Airlines’ air transport licence (ATL) and air operator certificate (AOC) indefinitely.

NCAA, in announcing the suspension in a statement said the authority suspended the operating licences after “discovering that the airline is no longer in a position to meet its financial obligations and to conduct safe flight operations”.

But Dana Air, on its Twitter handle said it is back and ready to begin operation again.

“Dear Valued guests, Dana Air is Back! We are pleased to inform you with great excitement that we are back to the skies. We are scheduled to resume operations on Wednesday 9th November, 2022. Please visit flydanaair.com for the best fares,” it tweeted.

Few hours before the announcement, Dana Airline also tweeted: “Are you getting set for us? We miss you and can’t wait to be back!”

In suspending Dana Air’s operation in July, NCAA said the decision was the outcome of a financial and economic health audit carried out on the airline by the authority, and the findings of an investigation conducted on the airline’s flight operations recently, which revealed that Dana Airlines was no longer in a position to meet its financial obligations and to conduct safe flight operations.

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It said it acknowledged the negative effect this preemptive decision would have on the Airline’s passengers and the travelling public and sought their understanding, as the safety of flight operations takes priority over all other considerations.

This year, the airline has reported two incidents with its aircraft.

In July, 2022 before its suspension, the airline made an emergency landing at the Nnamdi Azikwe international airport in Abuja.

The management said 100 passengers on the Abuja-bound aircraft were “disembarked safely”.

“Our Abuja-bound Boeing 737 aircraft with the registration number (5N DNA) embarked on an emergency landing today 19th July 2022, due to an indication on one of its engines,” the statement had read.

In May 2022, over 50 passengers were rescued when fire gutted the tyres of an aircraft operated by Dana Air in Port Harcourt.

In 2012, the federal government also grounded Dana Air after its passenger plane carrying 153 people crashed in Lagos, killing all on board.

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