Lagos — Dana Air has confirmed its certificate of operations has been temporary withdrawn by the Federal Government, and that it is meeting with the Ministry of Aviation today to discuss a way forward.
Dana Air said they were not told the reason they were suspended. However there were repeated calls by the National Assembly not too long ago that Dana's airline license be suspended until investigations into its aircraft that crashed June 3, 2013 killing 153 people onboard and some 10 others on ground, are concluded.
Tony Usidamen, the Head,Corporate Communications, Dana Air said, " Dana regrets to announce the temporary suspension of our flight operations following a directive from the Ministry of Aviation through the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) 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".
However, the Minister of Aviation's spokesman, Mr. Joe Obi, said Dana's license suspension was based on safety and precautionary issues.
He said one of Dana's aircraft had issues with its battery some two days, adding that even though it's not a serious issue, the ministry does not want to take chances.
Dana operations were grounded after the crash of June 3, 2012 in Iju Ishaga, Lagos. But the Federal Government lifted the ban on Thursday January 3, after the airline completed the re-certification process.