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FG Suspends DANA Air’s Operating License Again



The Federal Government has again suspended the Air Operators Certificate of Dana Air. With the withdrawal of the airlines’ certificate, it has become impossible for the embattled carrier to continue flight operations.

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.”

Tribune reports that the development may not be unconnected with the recommendations of the National Assembly after their investigations on the crash. Both the House of Representatives and Senate had earlier in the year passed a resolution asking the Federal Government to revoke the operating licence of Dana Air and to remove the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, among other things.

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.”

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Idak

    March 18, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Dana, it is enough. Give up on this aviation business. It is just not your calling.

  2. pynk

    March 18, 2013 at 8:08 am

    They need to just bow out gracefully.

  3. Lamide

    March 18, 2013 at 9:48 am

    I flew dana 2wks ago to n fro abuja n even tho my heart was in my mouth all thru, I must admit dat it was a very smooth flight. Having said that, d lives dat were lost due to negligence on dere part last june is still so hard to forget. So if revoking their licence again to ascertain that they are safe to operate is d way forward, so be it…

    • Bola

      March 18, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      Lamide so now do you know it is negligence on their part? So all the airlines all over the world who have had accidents have stopped operating abi? ….yes lives have been lost but planes must still fly, what we should be clamoring for is to see results of the investigations. I do not make light of the fact that ple have died but the aviation industry is not run that wAy….

  4. Jlo

    March 18, 2013 at 11:21 am


  5. raffy

    March 18, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Am most elated about this development. From my apartment i hear&see domestic flights @ close range&1 evening i was reading a book in my courtyard&a dana plane flew over,u need 2have seen d exhaust. Very very black! I was like hmmmmnnn again! Dis was jst a few days ago. Abeg am happy ooooo

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