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 18.104.22.168(a)(1) of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs), 2015.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
The Ministry of Aviation on Tuesday in Abuja said its priority was to ensure the safety and security of air passengers and cargoes.
Mr James Odaudu, the Special Assistant to the Minister of Aviation on Public Affairs, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria .
Odaudu said that the ministry and the agencies under its purview were working assiduously daily towards achieving the feat to boost confidence and integrity of the aviation sector in the country.
According to him, the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, has made safety and security of the flying public paramount since he assumed office.
“Right from the inception of the administration, the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has placed emphasis on safety and security of passengers and cargoes.
“This is why any noticeable safety concern is thoroughly investigated and handled appropriately, “ he said.
On Dana Air suspension, Odaudu said the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) had to suspend Dana Air licence as a result of noticeable safety and financial concerns.
According to him, the suspension is to enable NCAA carry out the necessary regulatory of ongoing audit.
“If at the end of the process, the Airline is found to be healthy, its services will resume.
“ NCAA has said in a statement recently that DANA Air suspension is made pursuant to Section 35(2), 3(b) and (4) of Civil Aviation Act, 2006 and Part 22.214.171.124(a) (1) of Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs), 2015.“ On Aero Contractors suspension, he said that the airline`s scheduled passenger flights were self-imposed as a result of inability to meet operational costs occasioned by the high cost of aviation fuel.
The minister’s aide added that Aero was however still operating charter and helicopter services and carrying out its Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services.
In a related development, Mr Mathew Pwajok, the Acting Managing Director, Nigerian Airspace Managing Agency (NAMA), however, told NAN that suspension of Dana Airline and Aero Contractors would have negative impact on national economy.
According to him, the downcast of the two airlines being currently handled by NCAA, a regulator for both economic oversight and airworthiness on the airlines, was a big concern to all relevant stakeholders in the industry.
“Anything that will affect the volume of flights is a negative to NAMA capability and revenue as NAMA does not manage empty airspace.
“In the absence of airlines, there is no Airspace Management Agency.
We will not have anything to manage.
So, it is of concern to us to ensure that the airlines are operating.
“ That is why we go about deploying latest facilities to upgrade our facilities to provide the service that is safe, secure, economical and efficient and cost effective to the airlines.
“That is to ensure that the airlines are doing well and stay in business and also keep us in business.
We don’t have business if there are no airline to manage, “ NAMA boss said.
Pwajok said the agency had recently intensified efforts to acquire sophisticated tools that were effective and efficient to reduce flight challenges in the Nigerian air space.
“On our own part, we have done a whole lot in terms of reducing flight time, fuel consumption for operator, and flight delays by automating most of our processes.
“ And by implementing satellite base navigation to reduce flight time for the airlines, by implementing total radar coverage network to ensure that aircraft are safe and secure.
“This will reduce operating cost for the airlines and also ensure that they are comfortable and they can continue in the business, “ he said.
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 126.96.36.199(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
DANA Air has recanted its decision to join the Airline Operators’ of Nigeria ( AON) to commence an indefinite cessation of operations from May 9, 2022.
Mr Kingsley Ezenwa, Manager, Communications and Marketing, Dana Airlines confirmed this in a statement on Sunday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria) NAN) reports that Dana is the second airline to pull out of the suspension after Ibom Air said it would not be joining the action initiated by the airline body.
“Following the recent press statement by the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), it has become necessary for us to take a stand in the overall interest of our guests, corporate partners, staff and the industry at large.
“While Dana Air agrees with the AON on all the challenges facing domestic airlines in Nigeria and have on many occasions, actively participated in the collective and ongoing engagement of relevant authorities, on the urgent need to tackle the many issues domestic airlines have been grappling with which includes the skyrocketing cost of Jet A1, we have taken a decision not to join the suspension of flights on May 9, 2022.
“We acknowledge that the present cost of jet A1 is unsustainable and should not be passed to the flying public.
“We, therefore, call on the government to act urgently to resolve these unending operational challenges while Dana Air will continue to support every effort by the AON to achieve a quick and peaceful resolution in the interest of our dear country Nigeria.
“We appreciate and thank our customers once again for choosing to fly with us, ” he stated. YO
Dana Air says it will introduce additional flights between Abuja and Lagos and commenced Lagos to Owerri, Port Harcourt to Abuja beginning from Aug. 28.
Mr Kingsley Ezenwa, the airlines’ Manager, Media and Communications, made this known in a statement in Lagos on Sunday.
Ezenwa quoted the airlines’ Accountable Manager, Obi Mbanuzuo as saying the additional flights were due to the feedback from the guests and popular demand for flights at specific times.
“The additional Lagos to Abuja flight will depart at 8am, 11.50am, 3.40pm and 5.30pm, while the Abuja to Lagos flight will depart at 9.55am, 1.50pm, 5.30pm and 7.25pm.’
“Lagos to Owerri will depart at 7.10am, while Owerri to Lagos will depart at 8.45am. Lagos to Port Harcourt will now be at 10.30am while Port Harcourt to Lagos will depart at 3.35pm.
“Port Harcourt to Abuja daily flights will be at 12.05pm, and Abuja to Port Harcourt will depart at 1.45pm.
“We are also delighted that our guests have embraced the safety measures we have in place for them,” Mbanuzuo said.
Mbanuzuo said that for safe and ease of booking and reservation, guests should visit: www.flydanaair.com, download the DANA Air Mobile App on playstore or get social by sending a chat on WhatsApp (07051190363) for booking.
He reiterated that Dana Air was one of Nigeria’s leading airlines with 18 daily flights to major cities in Nigeria and a total of 9 aircraft in its fleet with a mix of Boeing 737s.
He said the airline is reputed for its innovative online products and services, unrivaled in-flight service and on-time performance.
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Dana Air says it will keep the middle seats in all its aircraft empty upon resumption of flights, in line with the social distancing guideline on COVID-19.
Mr Obi Mbanuzuo, Accountable Manager of Dana Air, said this in a statement in Lagos on Monday.
”Majority of our aircraft are configured with mainly three seats in a row, on either side of the aisle, so when we resume flights anytime soon, we will keep the middle seats empty so passengers can sit on the window and aisle seats to ensure some physical distancing onboard all our flights.
”This is just to give our guests some sense of security about their health and well-being when flying with us immediately after the pandemic.
“It will be for some time, while we continue to review feedback from our guests on their thoughts, but we believe it is what customers might like to see.
”Our first concern is the safety and well-being of our staff and customers and we have made firm arrangements to ensure that our thorough cleaning and disinfection programme continues.
“We are taking this seriously as we do not know how long this will last, ” he said.
Mbanuzuo said domestic airlines had lost over N360 billion due to Coronavirus and still counting, adding; “we do not know when it will be over.”
”There charges, fees, allowances, salaries, aircraft leases, taxes all pending and over 100 aircrafts parked nationwide without generating a dime.
“The Value Added Tax (VAT) which contributes to the high cost of airfares is yet to be removed.
“These are the issues and the government needs to seriously consider helping airlines to survive this trying time,” he said.
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Dana Air has offered its resources, aircraft and crew to assist the Federal Government’s efforts towards curbing the further spread of Covid-19 in the country.
Mr Kingsley Ezenwa, Media and Communications Manager of Dana airlines made this known in a statement in Lagos on Friday.
Ezenwa said in a letter to Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, Dana air expressed support to contribute in the transportation of machines, equipments and relief materials to different states, and locations where they are needed within the country.
According to the letter signed by the Chief Executive Officer of the airline, Jacky Hathiramani, “Dana Air will make available resources, aircraft in its fleet and crew for the national assignment and the airline’s crew will be more than ready and proud to carry out the assignment upon request.
Hathiramani said, “this is a global issue and this is the time for us all to play our part by supporting the government’s effort in stemming the further spread of this pandemic in our dear nation.
“I am not too comfortable with the rising number of cases in Nigeria,and this is why we also took the huge decision to suspend our flight operations for 14 days in the interest of our staff, our very esteemed customers and the nation at large.
“The support we are offering as an airline will only be an addition to the efforts of the government and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC) in fighting the pandemic.
“We commend the efforts of the Ministry of Aviation, the Aviation agencies, Lagos State Government and Federal Government and wish to reassure them of our commitment towards contributing our resources to enhance prompt response to the fight against the spread of this virus,”Hathiramani added .
Ezenwa said Dana Air was one of Nigeria’s leading airlines with a fleet size of nine aircraft and daily flights from Lagos to Abuja, Port Harcourt, Uyo and Owerri.
The airline is reputed for its innovative online product, world -class in-flight service and unrivaled on-time performance.
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Dana Airlines has announced the suspension of all its scheduled flight operations for 14 days, effective from midnight of March 25.
Mr Kingsley Ezenwa, Media and Communications Manager of the airlines, made this known in a statement in Lagos on Wednesday.
Ezenwa said that the suspension was in response to the recent developments on COVID-19, and the need to support the efforts of the government to stem the further spread of the pandemic.
He said that recently, there has been a huge decline in the passengers’ figure as a result of the COVID-19 and considering the need to avoid piling unnecessary costs at this difficult time.
“We have to take this huge decision in the interest of the industry, staff, customers and our nation.
“We apologise and regret any inconvenience this decision may cause customers on the affected flights.
“We wish to reassure our guests that we will be available on all our channels to ensure seamless updates and communication,” Ezenwa said.
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Dana Air said it flew 5.4 million passengers in its 11 years of operation in Nigeria.
The airline’s Media and Communications Manager, Mr Kingsley Ezenwa, said this in a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday.
Ezenwa said the airline expected to double the figure by sustaining its operational efficiency, increasing its fleet size, maintaining its record on-time performance and raising the bar of its excellent service delivery in the coming years.
“Having completed a commercial analysis of our loads in the last 11 years and confirmed it to stand at 5.4 million, we have set the ball rolling for the next 9 years.
“We have commenced reviewing plans and we intend to raise the bar of our operational efficiency, increase our fleet and improve on our excellent service delivery to remain on top and keep the commitment and loyalty of our staff and guests.
“With the addition of two of our recently acquired B737 aircraft, we are looking at creating more flights and providing massive capacity at underserved destinations within our route network this yuletide.
“This is to ensure seamless travel experience for our guests to avoid the uncertainty of last year.”
“On our product and services delivery, we have the Dana miles club which offers benefits such as miles plus cash, miles in exchange for ticket, excess baggage allowance, discount at partner outlets and upgrade from economy to business class.
“Our Dana Miles guests should expect more in terms of innovation and rewards.
“Our business class service is amazing and the service is second to none, tailored for customers who love to travel in style, luxury and comfort.
“We would like to keep the travel experience as topnotch as always.
“We have dedicated each day to serving our customers even better and we have upped our enlightenment for passengers to use their correct details so we can interact with them directly via our multiple channels.”
The Dana Air spokesman said that airline was one of Nigeria’s leading airlines with a fleet size of nine aircraft and daily flights to major destinations in Nigeria.
He said that the airline was reputed for its innovative online products and services, world-class in-flight services and unrivaled on-time performance.
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Dana Air, on Tuesday, said it had flown 2.7 million passengers in its 11 years of operation in Nigeria.
The airline’s Chief Operating Officer, Mr Obi Mbanuzuo, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Lagos to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the airline.
Mbanuzuo said that the airline celebrated the anniversary of by rewarding customers with various gifts, ranging from free tickets to souvenirs.
“Having flown over 2.7 million passengers in the last 11 years, Dana Air is one of Nigeria’s leading airlines, with daily flights from Lagos to Owerri, Port Harcourt, Uyo and Abuja.
“For us, 11 years mean we are doing the right things and making the right decisions at the right time.
“We have been methodical, careful and realistic in our steps and we hope to consolidate our existing routes to provide full capacity, seamless travel options for our guests, while still reviewing our route expansion plans.
“So many airlines have come and gone, maybe due to some incidents in the past or our inability to cope with the operating environment,” he said.
Mbanuzuo attributed the airline’s success to its loyal customers, dedicated staff and sound management team, with massive experience in the Nigerian aviation industry, running the airline, with a model worthy of emulation.
He, however, admitted that the journey so far for Dana Air, as a domestic airline in the country, had not been rosy, as it had suffered, among other issues, incessant peddling of fake news about its operations.
“We thank the present administration, led by President Muhammed Buhari, for gradually creating the ambience for airlines to thrive and the efforts in the area of infrastructure are also commendable.
“We hope that these efforts are sustained in the coming years and other areas hampering the growth of airlines reviewed,” the chief operating officer said.
On the airline’s plan for the future, he said two new Boeing 737 aircraft were recently acquired, thus bringing the number of aircraft in the fleet to nine.
Mbanuzuo said: “Our guests should expect more, as our commitment and promise have not changed.
“We have made huge progress and our recent acquisition means more jobs for our Nigerian pilots and engineers.
“In keeping steadily to our robust route and fleet expansion programme, we will create more job opportunities, in addition to the thousands of direct and indirect jobs already created, train more and improve capacity in Nigeria,” he said.
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