Dana Airline, on Friday, announced that it would resume flights operations on Nov .
9.Mr Ememobong Ettete, Accountable Manager of Dana Airline, said this in a statement issued by its Corporate Communication Officer, Mr Kingsley Ezenwa, in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) had suspended the airline’s Air Transport License (ATL), and Air Operator Certificate (AOC) indefinitely with effect from July 20.The NCAA Director General, Capt. Musa Nuhu, explaining the suspension, had said the regulatory body discovered that the airline was not in a position to meet its financial obligations and conduct safe flight operations.
Ettete said in the airline’s statement on its planned resumption that it was coming back after a successful conclusion of the audit conducted by the authority.
He said that the audit, for the airline, was a re-engineering and restructuring process and had been successfully concluded.
Ettete said that the audit was an extensive one, for the second time, and the airline also had a new management team fully in charge.
He said it was now well positioned, despite the current challenges and hostile economic environment, and concentrating fully on strengthening its operations efficiently for sustainable growth.
The official said that the airline remained committed to offering safe, reliable and exciting flying experience to its loyal guestsHe expressed his gratitude to the NCAA for the audit process and the professionalism exhibited by the team of inspectors.
Ettete noted that the audit had repositioned the airline as a vibrant and resilient brand ready to serve the industry.
For customers with unused tickets, he said that the airline, as a little token for its short absence from the market, had extended their validity for one year.
“A transfer option is available to customers and we shall be offering competitive fares as always, and gifting free tickets onboard our flights for the next 30 days from Nov. 9“There would be 247 customer service team always available to assist customers with any request of their choice on unused tickets and redemption.
“We wish to sincerely and once again tender our unreserved apologies to all our customers, vendors, travel partners, corporate clients for the abrupt suspension of our flights,” he said.
The House of Representatives Committee on Aviation has queried the partnership between Nigeria and Ethopia on the Nigerian Air project.
The lawmakers, who raised their concerns at a public hearing on Thursday in Abuja, said that they were determined to protect national interest.
Rep. Preye Oseke (PDP-Bayelsa) said that the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hardi Sorika was quoted to have said that Nigeria has only five per cent shares in the partnership with Ethopia airline on the establishment of Nigerian Air. He said that the members that heard the minister were agitated following the announcement of Ethiopian airline as major partners.
Oseke said that the committee is baffled by the type of business module that gave Nigeria only five per cent stake in the Nigeria Air project.
He said that the committee needed a detailed explanation of the various stakes on the establishment of the Nigerian Air. The lawmaker said that the committee needed explanations on the process that saw Ethiopian Airline emerge as the only bidder for the project.
The Chairman of the committee, Rep. Nnolim Nnaji (PDP-Enugu) said that some Nigerians had raised concerns on the establishment process of Nigerian Air. According to him, Ethiopia is a competitor to Nigeria and the business module is going to offload Nigeria’s advantage to Ethopia which is a smaller country.
“The traffic is in Nigeria and that Nigeria is not doing well today does not mean it cannot do better tomorrow.
He said that Ethopia airline was already doing international travels and was about to take over local traffic which is largest in Africa.
The Vice President of the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), Mr Allen Onyema agreed that there was need for a Nigerian carrier.
According to him, the fear of AON is that Ethiopia has tried everything possible to access the Nigerian market both frontally and from behind; they started with Dana using Airs Sky. He recommended that the Nigerian Air be wholly Nigerian investment saying the way Ethiopia was coming would not benefit Nigeria.
Also, Capt. Roland Iyayi, a member of the AON, warned against creating something that would ultimately destroy the sector.
According to him, the partnership with Ethiopian Airlines for us, we consider it ill-advised for a variety of reasons.
He said that the Ethiopian government had put in place policy that was deliberate and intentional to protect Ethiopian Airlines.
“So if we talk about the successes of Ethiopian Airlines, we are talking about an Airline that has been able to invent itself.
“It was aided by various policies of government to ensure that it can fly even in an hostile environment.
“The domestic carriers do not have the same luxury.
Domestic operators in Nigeria are operating in the most hostile of environments you can imagine for any airline company.
“If the Nigeria Air project is subject to the same conditions of the current operators in the same domestic market, it will fail,” he said.
The Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hardi Sirika, told the committee that five per cent shares is for Nigerian government, 59 per cent for Ethiopian airline consultium while 46 per cent is for Nigerian investors.
He explained that five percent shares was allocated to Nigeria because stakeholders do not believe that businesses handled by Nigerian government would do well as seen in the case of Nigerian Airways.
He said that if the proposed airline was structured and ran like the Ethopia airline which is 100 per cent owned by government, it would do well.
Sirika said that the Ethiopian airline kept flying even during the civil war in the country and despite COVID-19, it declared one billion dollars profit.
He said that the reason for the five percent was to ensure the airline had a sovereign funder and to boost investors confidence.
The minister further explained that in accordance with relevant laws, there was nothing wrong to have Ethiopian airline as the only bidder.
He said that after the process, in line with Swiss challenge, if any one willing to match the single bidder could still step up within the required time frame.
Sirika said that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the national airline must work before the end of December.
He said that Nigeria deserves to own a national carrier that would be structured in a way that would stand the test of time.
Sirika said that the ministry had given all the stakeholder in the Nigerian aviation sector to participate and invest in the establishment of the national carrier.
“From all the submissions we received, we have identified partners and investors and we are currently negotiating and processing the Air Operator Certificate (AOC).
“I want to commit here that between now and the end of the year this airline will work,” he said.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), has suspended the Air Transport Licence (ATL) of Azman Air for failure to remit N1.2 billion Ticket Sales Charge (TSC) from passengers.
The Director-General of NCAA, Capt. Musa Nuhu, made this known in a statement issued in Lagos on Thursday.
Nuhu explained that the airline was suspended for failure to also submit security clearance for the renewal of its ATL, which expired in April 2021. Nuhu said the N1.2 billion debt was the revenue accrued from the five per cent Ticket Sales Charge (TSC) and Cargo sales Charge (CSC) collected from the air travelers by the airline.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the is shared among five aviation agencies; NCAA and Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).
Others are the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) and the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria.
NCAA gets 58 per cent from the total 5 per cent of and it is the major revenue earning for the agency, while the other four agencies share the remaining 42 per cent.
Nuhu decried that the regulatory agency had made efforts to recover the debt from the airline over the years, but ”the carrier was recalcitrant in paying back the sum despite collecting it from the passengers.
” Azman commenced scheduled operations in 2014. However, the withdrawal of the airline’s ATL rendered its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) invalid.
Nuhu told aviation journalists that its management had held series of meetings with Azman Air leadership on how to pay back the debt, but both parties failed to reach an agreement.
He said that the airline’s management had promised to pay back the sum of N10 million monthly as part of the N1.2 billion debt, but said the regulatory body insisted on N50million monthly.
Besides, the D-G said that the airline could not provide its security clearance, which was one of the prerequisites for renewal of ATL.
He said: “We didn’t suspend Azman Air’s Airline Operator certificate, but suspended their ATL, which had earlier expired.
”The ATL earlier expired in April 2021, but we gave the airline extension because of the disruption to aviation activities by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This was what we did for other airlines, too.
However, we wrote a reminder letter to the airline six months to the new expiring date, which is statutory.
“Later, the airline requested for another extension of 90 days, but we only granted it 60 days.
”At the expiration of the 60 days, we also gave it 30 days reminder, which elapsed on Wednesday night, yet nothing was done by the airline.
” Nuhu said tha the airline owed us N1.2 billion as , adding, ”we invited them and set up a committee for that purpose.
”Azman said they would pay the sum of N10 million monthly out of the debt, which we refused.
“They later came up to N20 million, but we insisted on N50 million monthly.
”If we had agreed to the N10 million monthly, it means it will take them about 12 years to repay back the money it had already collected and by then, the money would have lost.
” Nuhu further threatened that the ATL or AOC of any other airline that owed the agency’s five per cent would not be renewed.
He appealed to other carriers to pay up the backlog of debts.
NEWS ANALYSIS: Nigeria Air: Avoiding the pitfalls of Nigeria Airways Nigeria Air: Avoiding the pitfall of Nigeria Airways A News Analysis by Gabriel Agbeja, News Agency of NigeriaOne of the concerns of President Muhammadu Buhari from the inception of his administration includes inquiries on the resting of the national carrier — Nigeria Airways Ltd. — and the process of reviving the once vibrant Nigerian airline.
For the benefits of the hindsight, Nigeria Airways was vibrant in the 1980s with its fleet comprising more than 30 aircraft before it was rested in 2003. With a promising future for the airline then, the federal government moved from owning 51 per cent shareholding of the airline to 100 per cent shareholding in1961 to make the airline the country’s flag carrier, serving both domestic and international destinations.
However, Nigeria Airways Ltd. ceased operations in 2003 with a huge debt of more than 700 million dollars, the development that has been given both stakeholders and government serious concern.
Concerned citizens have then been asking: What are the pitfalls in the management of the airline and what to do to avoid recurrence in the event of engaging similar venture.
Some experts in aviation industry observe that improper management, ranging from corruption to overstaffing, brought down the airline.
Former Flight Captain with Nigeria Airways Wale Otubanjo, who was a staff of Nigeria Airways from 1980-2003 before voluntary retirement, notes that the pitfall of the airline is mainly mismanagement.
“If anyone leases an aircraft on wet lease agreement such one will never ever make money.
This has led to downfall of so many operators in the country including Nigeria Airways.
“In a wet lease situation, the lessor is providing both aircraft and crew, the lessor maintains operational control of all flights.
“But in a dry lease situation, the lessee provides its own crew and the lessee exercises operational control of its flights,’’ he explains.
He says Nigeria Airways with its network points in Europe, North America and Saudi Arabia, was managed by a number of foreign companies, including British Airways, KLM and South African Airways on “wet’’ lease.
Otubanjo observes further that the airline operated a variety of aircraft such Vickers VC10, Airbus A310, Boeing 737 and 747 and McDonnell Douglas DC-10 by owing or leasing.
Similarly, retired Group Capt. John Ojikutu, a formal Commandant of the Murtala Muhammad Airport, Lagos, alleges that government officials and those in the management of the Nigeria Airways are responsible of resting the airline.
Ojikutu observes that the loss by the airline started from the attitude of the government officials by using air warrants to board flights without return payments.
“Later, government officials collected fares from sources for first and business classes and by some arrangements, economic tickets were issued but they would still be offered first or business class seats.
“There were many similar frauds that included both government and management of the airline which led to huge losses of government investment, huge losses of revenue and huge debts for the airline.
“Not many national governments are investing in commercial aviation today without substantial investments from credible investors and technical partners,’’ he observes further.
According to him, no U.
S. airline today is a national carrier rather they are all flag carriers with investments from the nationals but not government.
Ojikutu advises the federal government to ensure that proper steps are taken before undertaking new national carrier project.
He further advises the government to carefully consider effective suggestions from aviation experts to have a virile national carrier.
“On Nigeria Air, the suggestion to the Ministry of Aviation in 2019 which was approved was 35 per cent for foreign technical partners, 40 per cent for investors and 25 per cent for credible Nigerian investors.
“Others included 25 per cent for the Nigerian public and 10 per cent for the federal government and the 36 states.
“These were supported by the minister of Aviation in August 2019 but the genuineness sharing formula was dropped to five per cent for whatever reason.
Since 2019, it has been one step forward and five steps backwards,’’ Ojikutu explains.
Ojikutu recalls that N19.5 billion intervention funds have come in different forms, showing the readiness of the government to make the airline work.
Worried by the pitfalls of the Nigeria Airways, President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the establishment of Nigeria Air would be by the Public Private Partnership.
Nigeria Air was unveiled at the Farnborough Air Show in England on July 18, 2018 and the proposed airline was expected to cost 8.8 million dollars as preliminary cost and 300 million dollars as take-off cost.
Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika said at the Federal Executive Council meeting that the federal government had approved the leasing of three aircraft for the commencement of operations of the Nigeria Air. Sirika noted that the airline would begin with three aircraft made by Airbus and Boeing, running solely domestic routes.
The minister stated that the airline, which operations would be announced soonest, would expand into regional and intercontinental routes.
He said the whole process for the establishment of the national carrier and all the projects under the government’s aviation roadmap had been guided by the principles of transparency and accountability.
Further to this, Capt. Musa Nuhu, the Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), has presented an Air Transport License (ATL) to the interim management of Nigeria Air. Nuhu said that ATL was a prerequisite for the airline to acquire Air Operation Certificate (AOC) to start operating.
According to him, the NCAA works and supports all operators currently existing and aspiring in the industry to get necessary documents after meeting all the requirements.
“This ATL has gone through all the processes.
So, at this point in time, I would like to do the presentation.
We look forward to the fulfilment of the AOC process so that we can hand over the AOC certificate to you.
“As the regulator, we work with operators.
That is a goal to promote the growth of the industry.
It is important to have strong airlines in Nigeria in view of the Single African Transport Market,’’ he said.
Nuhu said that Nigeria stood to get the best from the African Union Agenda 2063 Air programme, being one of the largest markets in Africa.
He said that participating in Single Africa Air Transport Market as a nation would increase the Gross Domestic Product.
The Acting Chief Executive Nigeria Air, Mr Dapo Olumide, thanked the NCAA for the good job executed leading to the presentation of ATL to Nigeria Air. Olumide said that the team would definitely double efforts to fulfil all necessary processes to receive AOC certificate from NCAA to start flying.
“We already have aircraft identified because that is one of the requirements for the NCAA.
We are waiting for the terms of agreement with the Provider of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).
“What we need now is to go through stages to get an AOC certificate from the NCAA.
No magic in the process.
It is not something that can be issued because they like your face.
“When you have an AOC and ATL, you can commence commercial scheduled operations.
The date to start operation is largely based on the process one is following to get the AOC certificate,’’ he said.
According to him, 49 per cent of the Nigeria Air project will be owned by equity partners and 46 per cent by Nigerians while the federal government will own five per cent of the shares.
“The ATL certificate signed by Director-General of the NCAA Musa Nuhu will run for a period of five years (from June 3 to June 2, 2027).
“It is one of the certifications that must be acquired by airlines before they can commence operation while they await all-important Air Operator Certificate (AOC).
“This will fully guarantee Nigeria Air the right to begin air services,’’ he said.
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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has re-affirmed its commitment to ensuring continued sustenance of safe and secure flight operations in spite of challenges facing the aviation industry.The Director-General of NCAA, Capt. Musa Nuhu, made this known to aviation journalists at the Muritala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, on Friday.Nuhu promised that the regulatory agency would continue the implementation of its statutory responsibilities and duties to retain the confidence of the flying public.He said investigations were still ongoing into the operations of the suspended Dana Air and it would remain grounded until all the identified issues had been resolved, in compliance with Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) According to him, the detailed report of the two audits on DANA, shows the determination of the NCAA in ensuring that the safety of flights is foremost and overrides all other considerations.The director-general recalled that the NCAA had carried out a Financial and Economic Health Audit in addition to Technical Safety Audit of the airline.“The outcome of the two audit revealed a weak financial position and grave violations of Nig.CARs, which prompted the immediate suspension of the airline’s Air Transport License (ATL) and Air Operators Certificate (AOC).“However, I want to express dismay at some negative comments on the NCAA in some social media platforms based on interview that took place on a television network.“Almost the entirety of the comments during the interview were direct quotes of NCAA findings of the two audits.“The details of these investigations and proactive action showed the professionalism of the apex regulatory agency.” Nuhu urged industry experts to seek clarification from the NCAA to make informed and balanced comments because it was opened to informed criticisms geared toward improving the industry.The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that NCAA had in July, suspended the operations of Dana Air’s Transport License (ATL) and Air Operator Certificate (AOC) indefinitely.Nuhu in a statement said suspension was because of the outcome of a Financial and Economic Health Audit and a Technical Safety Audit carried out on the airline’s flight operations.According to NCAA, the airline was no longer in a position to meet its financial obligations and to conduct safe flight operations Nuhu had said that its action was made pursuant to Section 35(2), 3(b) and (4) of the Civil Aviation Act, 2006 and Part 126.96.36.199(a)(1) of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs), 2015.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended Dana Airlines’ Air Transport Licence (ATL) and Air Operator Certificate (AOC) indefinitely, with effect from midnight of Wednesday, July 20, 2022.This is contained in a statement signed by Capt. Musa Nuhu, the Director General of NCAA, on Wednesday in Lagos.The statement said that the suspension was made pursuant to Section 35(2), 3(b) and (4) of the Civil Aviation Act, 2006 and Part 188.8.131.52(a)(1) of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs), 2015.It said that the suspension order, handed down by Nuhu, has since been communicated to the management of Dana Airlines.According to statement, the decision is 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.It said that these revealed that Dana Airlines was no longer in a position to meet its financial obligations and to conduct safe flight operations.“The NCAA acknowledges the negative effect this preemptive decision will have on the Airline’s passengers and the travelling public and seeks their understanding, as the safety of flight operations takes priority over all other considerations,” the statement said.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Dana Air Boeing 737 aircraft with registration number (5N DNA) had on Tuesday made an emergency landing at Abuja Airport.The airline, after the incident, said that the aircraft had been grounded for immediate attention by engineers.The airline’s Communication Manager, Mr Kingsley Ezenwa made these known in a statement issued in Lagos.Ezenwa said that the incident was due to an indication on one of its engines.He noted that the Pilot-in-command briefed the passengers on the incident and landed the aircraft safely at the Abuja International airport at about 2.52 p.m. “All the 100 passengers disembarked safely and the aircraft has been grounded for immediate attention by our team of engineers.“The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) have also been briefed on the incident,” he had said.Ezenwa apologised to passengers on board the flight and reassured customers that the airline would continue to maintain high safety standards.The suspension of DANA Air operations also comes soon after the Airline Operators of Nigeria wrote to the NCAA and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria expressing some concerns and seeking reliefs.NewsSourceCredit: NAN