Are they confused? FG Suspends DANA Air’s License Again


I’m beginning to think this people are confused. First, they suspend their license due to the crash. Then they unsuspend it despite the wide protest, and now the withdraw their license. Make up your mind guys.

DANA Air doesn’t deserve to operate until the airline undergoes a total makeover.

This is coming less than one week after the sack of the director general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Harold Demuren and barely three months after the airline resumed operations following a seven-month suspension. After the June 3rd 2012 crash of one of its aircrafts that killed 163 people, the airline had its operating license initially revoked.

In a telephone interview with Punch, the Acting Director-General, NCAA, Joyce Nkemakolam, confirmed the development and said the suspension, which took effect on Saturday morning, would last until the safety issues were rectified by the carrier. He said the suspension followed a directive from the Ministry of Aviation, asking the airline to stop operation until “some safety issues that cropped up over the weekend were resolved.”

Dana Air, in an email sent to its customers, however said no specific reason was given for the action. The statement signed by the Head, Corporate Communications, Dana Air, Tony Usidamen read:

“We regret to announce the temporary suspension of our flight operations following a directive from the Ministry of Aviation through the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority on Saturday, March 16, 2013; no specific reason was given for the action.

“A meeting is, however, scheduled between the management of Dana Air, the Ministry of Aviation and the NCAA on Monday, March 18, and we will update you as we get more information. We thank you for your patience and understanding, and we look forward to having the pleasure of welcoming you on board again shortly.”

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