Regulator slams indefinite suspension on Dana air

Regulator slams indefinite suspension on Dana air


The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended Dana Airlines’ Air Transport Licence (ATL) and Air Operator Certificate (AOC) indefinitely, citing economic and safety reasons.

This comes barely 24 hours after one of its fleet, aboard 100 passengers, made an emergency landing at the Nnamdi Azikiwe international airport in Abuja.

The decision takes effect from midnight of July 2022, Captain Musa Nuhu, NCAA Director-General, in a statement on Wednesday.

The suspension was made pursuant to Section 35(2), 3(b) and (4) of the Civil Aviation Act, 2006 and Part of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs), 2015,” Nuhu said.

“The NCAA chief explained that 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.

“The NCAA acknowledges the negative effect this pre-emptive 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”, according to the NCAA official.

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