Daily Trust (Abuja)

7 September 2012

Nigeria: Dana to Review Operations Before Flying

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A Dana aircraft.

Lagos — Dana Air will review its operations before it starts flying again, its head of corporate communication Tony Usidamen has said.

The airline got its license to resume operation from the federal government Wednesday. The license was suspended after one of its aircraft crashed near Lagos on June 3 and killed 153 people.

Usidamen told our correspondent on phone that the airline is yet to commence operations and it is not selling air tickets for now.

But the airline promised to always adhere strictly to safety procedures when they resume operations.

The Chief Executive Officer of the airline Mr. Jacky Hathiramani said the provision of safe, reliable world-class air transport services has always been "our focus at Dana Air."

"We will continue to adhere strictly to safety procedures as required by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Act and all other relevant local and international regulations, as we resume flight operations shortly," he said.

He thanked the government, the staff and Nigerians for the support.

He said: "The management and the over 558 staff of Dana Air wish to express our deepest appreciation to the Federal Government of Nigeria over the lifting of the suspension of the airline's operations with effect from Wednesday, September 5, 2012, following government's satisfaction with the air-worthiness of the airline after a rigorous technical, operational and financial audit.

"We also wish to thank all Nigerians and our esteemed guests for your prayers since the tragic accident of Sunday, June 3, 2012. Our thoughts and prayers will always be with the families that lost loved ones; we remain committed to assisting them in every way possible and also fulfilling our obligations to them fully, as stipulated by the law."

Meanwhile the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) has lauded the decision of the federal government in restoring Dana's license.

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