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 guests He 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 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 makes emergency landing, aircraft grounded Dana makes emergency landing, aircraft grounded Dana By Yunus Yusuf Ikeja, July 19, 2022 Dana Air says its Abuja-bound Boeing 737 aircraft with registration mark 5N DNA had an emergency landing on Tuesday.
It 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 said.
Ezenwa apologised to passengers on board the flight and reassured customers that the airline would continue to maintain high safety standards.
Dana Air has announced its partnership with The ELOY Foundation to empower women in five states in the country.
The airline’s Head of Communication, Mr Kingsley Ezenwa, made this known in a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday.
Ezenwa explained that the states where the women would be empowered were Rivers, Abuja, Abia Lagos, and Kano states.
He added that the foundation’s business shower would move to Abuja on June 30, and would be in Kano and Abia on July 2 and July 7 respectively.
The airline’s official said Dana Air was one of Nigeria’s leading airlines with a varied fleet of nine aircraft and daily flights to major cities in Nigeria.
Speaking on the sponsorship, the Deputy CEO, Dana Air Sukhjinder Mann said the airline’s corporate social responsibility was impact- driven and broad- based and it was proud to be doing this in states in the country.
“Women are a massive asset to any country and we want to add to their development while seeing them grow their skills and small businesses to the benefit of the youth and children in the society.”she said.
Similarly, Miss Tewa Onasanya, Founder of The ELOY Awards Foundation,noted that the ELOY business shower was an educative business gathering specifically organised for women in business to inspire and encourage them to build thriving businesses.
Onasanya said the foundation was about empowering and challenging thousands of women to be more and do more by providing access to resources, business skills and tools.
“This is for them to be able to grow, transform and sustain their businesses, which will in turn benefit their families and the community at large.
“In subsequent years, we have been able to enroll women who are small business owners onto the one year Eloy foundation Sustainable Empowerment Program( SEP).
“They are mentored for six months, and will have access to all they need as entrepreneurs: Information, training, and affordable financing” she added.
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
By Yunus Yusuf
Some national airline operators have expressed satisfaction with the level of patronage of passengers traveling to various parts of the country during the Easter celebration.
Some of the airlines that spoke separately with the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) in Lagos on Monday, said the airlines recorded more than 90% of passenger traffic during the period.
Airline officials noted that flights from Lagos to other routes were fully booked ahead of the Easter break, adding that there was an increase in traffic.
They said, however, that ticket prices remained the same.
The official acknowledged that the favoritism during the celebration of Easter 2021 was much better than what was recorded in 2020, due to the lockdown from the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), which has entrenched the airspace.
Mr Kingsley Ezenwa, director of media and communications, Dana Air, said many more people chose to return home for the celebration, compared to what had been achieved in previous years.
Ezenwa said Dana Air saw an 80-90% increase in passenger numbers during the Easter holidays from the previous year which was disrupted by COVID-19.
Passenger traffic during the 2021 Easter holidays is encouraging, he said.
“Dana typically registered around 85% of passengers before Easter, but it has jumped to 95% during the Easter celebration this year,” he said.
The Dana Air spokesperson, however, urged the federal government to consider giving airline operators the promised interventions.
He said that operators face many challenges, including the high cost of Jet A1 fuel, the unavailability of forex for airlines, the availability of multiple taxes, infrastructure and fees, etc.
“Many of these issues need to be critically examined, not just for the government to announce that the tax is being removed, but only for the agency in charge to subtly reintroduce another.
“But we will continue to engage the government on this.
“However, the government is doing well, but it can be better,” he added.
Mr Adebanji Ola, head of corporate communications at Arik Air Limited, said the airline has also seen an increase in the number of travelers from Lagos to other parts of the country during the Easter holidays.
He also argued that the airline's ticket price was still the same.
According to him, the patronage of passengers during the holidays is impressive, pointing out that even before the holidays, the traffic was good.
“Easter 2020 took place during the COVID-19 lockdown. So no comparison.
“Airlines' challenges are usually infrastructure challenges, but the government is trying; I hope there will be room for improvement, ”he said.
Mr. Stanley Olisa, head of corporate communications, Air Peace Limited, also noted that the airline has observed an increase in passenger numbers from Lagos to other routes recently.
Olisa said the airline plans to continue serving Nigerians with more sophisticated planes.
He acknowledged that there had been an increase in passenger traffic during the season, especially to parts of the country.
“Passenger traffic this season has been high, especially on our domestic routes.
“Last year at Easter, people didn't really get a chance to travel because of the COVID-19-induced lockdown and the flight ban.
“So obviously this year's Easter passenger traffic is over, as there are no restrictions on domestic air travel and no lockdowns,” he said.
In the same vein, Mr. Bature Umar, Police Commissioner in charge of the Lagos Airport Command, reiterated his full commitment to a crime-free airport operation in Lagos.
Command spokesman SP Joseph Alabi told NAN that the commissioner has put in place surveillance in every nook and cranny of the airport, to ensure a crime-free environment.
He argued that law enforcement authorities are committed to making the airport and its environment safe and secure for travelers, airline operators and other users.
According to him, the commissioner ordered that security operations take place entirely on the ground at airports, during the Easter holidays.
“We have a senior officer at the airport, which is quite strategic. Our agents have been deployed to various areas of the airport to ensure the security of the place.
"The police commissioner also warned touts posing as travel agents at the airport, that they would be prosecuted, if and when they are apprehended," Alabi said.
He advised members of the public to always obey airport rules and regulations, especially on the issue of restricted areas and also observe all COVID-19 protocols.
“The need to strengthen and ensure adequate security in areas of operations cannot be overemphasized.
“As a result, there are informed police patrols and plainclothes officers in various arrival and departure halls of the airport.
“All airport car parks are also adequately guarded. Every airport officer also adheres to COVID-19 protocols, ”he said. (NOPE)(NAN)
Enugu State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has commended Dana Air Services for its decision to restart flights to the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu State.
Mr Kingsley Ezenwa, Communications Manager of Dana Air in a statement issued in Lagos, on Tuesday, said the governor made the remark during a courtesy visit by Dana Air’s management to Enugu Government House.
Ugwuanyi while receiving the management team of the airline led by the Chief Operating Officer, Mr Obi Mbanuzuo said: ”we are happy to have a reputable airline like Dana Air in Enugu state.
”Enugu is peaceful and our economy is growing really fast. With Dana air in the state, we now have the game changer.
“Enugu is a civil servants state and our people will be returning home soon. We are sure to have very efficient service with competitive fares.
”We once again commend your decision to commence flights to the Akanu Ibiam International airport and we are also committed to supporting Dana Air,’’ he said.
He called on them to feel free, as government will be willing to support in whatever form, ”he said.
The Chief Operating Officer of Dana Air, Obi Mbanuzuo, while responding to the governor said the team was in the state to contribute to the economy of Enugu state.
He said the airline would provide daily flight services from Enugu to Lagos and Abuja.
”Enugu state is peaceful and we are proud of your good work sir. We are happy to contribute our quota to its growth and development.
He said the airline would be starting with one daily flight from Lagos to Enugu at 7.30 am, Enugu to Abuja at 9.05 am.
Also, Abuja to Enugu at 12.25 and Enugu to Lagos at 2.15 p.m., daily with a plan to increase its frequency in the coming weeks.
”We will offer seamless connectivity and options to the people and our fares are very competitive when you plan your trip with us and book early.
“Dana Air is one of Nigeria’s leading airlines with a mix fleet of 9 aircraft and daily flights from Lagos to Abuja, Port Harcourt, Uyo, Owerri and Enugu.
“The airline is reputable for its innovative online products and services, world class in-flight service and on time departures and arrivals,’’Mbanuzuo said.
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The Management of Dana Air says it will be supporting the 26th Nigerian Economic Summit (NES#26) scheduled to hold in Oct. 26 and Oct. 27 in Abuja and the Lagos office of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group.
The Media Communications Manager of the company, Mr Kingsley Ezenwa, said this in a statement in Lagos on Monday.
Ezenwa said, “The theme of the summit is Building Partnerships for Resilience.”
The 26th Nigerian Economic Summit is jointly organised by the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning (FMFBNP) and the Nigerian Economic Summit Group.
Ezenwa said that the summit would convened national and global policy makers, business leaders, development partners and sub-national governments, businesses and civil societies.
He said participants would not only chart a path to recovery but also build resilience for our country’s economy, households and businesses in the new world order.
According to him, as you may be aware, airlines are the worst hit by the COVID-19 pandemic but this has not diminished our commitment toward the growth and positioning of the Nigerian economy.
“As partner airline, we are offering complimentary and discounted tickets to delegates and officials, among other support toward the success of the summit,’’ he said.
Ezenwa described Dana Air as one of Nigeria’s leading airlines with a fleet size of nine aircraft and over 27 daily flights to major cities in Nigeria.
He noted that the airline was reputed for its innovative online products and services, unrivalled in-flight service and on-time departures.
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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 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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