3 January 2013

Nigeria: Dana Air Resumes Flight Operation Jan. 4, Says FAAN

Photo: Dana airline
Dana airline

Dana Air will resume flight operation on Jan. 4, an official of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr James Shallangwa, said on Thursday.

Shallangwa, Head of Commercial at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Internatonal Airport, Abuja, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Abuja.

He told NAN that the Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, had issued a resumption letter to the airline to recommence operation after its plane crashed in Lagos on June 3, 2012.

Shallangwa said that the first flight would take off from Abuja, adding that there was nothing wrong in the airline re-emerging after an accident that claimed lives and property.

Mr Tony Usidamen, the Head, Corporate Communications, Dana, who confirmed the development, said the resumption came after necessary approval was received from the Federal Government.

Mr Kayode Adeniran, the Dana Station Manager at the NAIA, also confirmed the development.

He said that the airline would resume its inaugural flight at 9:45a.m. on Jan. 4. It will be recalled that Dana aircraft crashed in Lagos on June 3, 2012, killing all 153 passengers and crew.

The Federal Government through the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) revoked the company's operation license pending proper investigations into the cause of the crash.

In September 2012, the Federal Government reinstated the Airline's license and allowed it to resume without any flight operations.

In December 2012, NCAA issued a new Air Operators Certificate to Dana Air after it completed the necessary recertification processes.

Copyright © 2013 Leadership. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.