After four months of being grounded, the Nigerian carrier Dana Air (9J) is set to resume operations on November 9th. The reason for the grounding was to allow the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to carry out an audit of the airline.
Four months after: Dana Air is ready to take to the skies again
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has concluded a four-month audit of the Nigerian carrier Dana Air. Consequently, the airline is now ready to resume operations.
According to the airline’s Chief Operating Officer and accountable manager, Ememobong Ettete, the audit represented an opportunity for the airline to restructure itself. The outcome of the audit is mirrored in new management, which is willing to successfully re-position the carrier in the Nigerian and African aviation market, notwithstanding the current hostile economic environment.
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Speaking about the audit process, Ettete praised the professionalism that characterized the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) work. The NCAA officials and the airline management team worked tirelessly and painstakingly to tick all the boxes and carry out the extensive audit to restart operations in due time.
To make up for the four-month absence, Dana Air has developed some strategies to win back the loyalty of its customers. Starting November 9th, the airline will give away free tickets onboard its flights for 30 days. Additionally, the validity of tickets that could not be used because of the audit has been extended for a year, with the inclusion of a transfer option.
As the long audit process comes to an end, the airline’s head of corporate communication, Kingsley Ezenwa, sincerely apologized for the inconvenience the four-month suspension of operations caused to customers, vendors, travel partners, and corporate clients.
Why was the audit necessary in the first place?
On July 20th, 2022, Dana Air saw its Air Operator Certificate and Air Transport License by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority. The whole airline was forced to halt its operations overnight. But why?
After conducting an investigation into the airline’s flight operations, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority found out that the airline was not in a position to meet its financial obligations required to operate safely. Back in July, Dana Air stated that the worrying financial situation in which the airline found itself was caused by disruptive factors beyond its control, including increased fuel prices, unavailability of foreign investment, high cost of ground handling, inflation, and high taxation.
Although these challenges hit airlines worldwide, Dana Air was also facing some safety-concerning issues. Indeed, on July 19th, a Dana Air Boeing 737 was forced to perform an emergency landing, with the aircraft subsequently being grounded. Almost three months earlier, a McDonnell Douglas MD-83 caught fire. It is unclear whether the two accidents influenced the NCAA’s decision to revoke Dana Air Air Operator Certificate. However, it can be assumed that these events mirrored a troublesome situation for the carrier that went beyond the financial challenges all airlines worldwide had to deal with.
Simple Flying reached out to Dana Air for further comment. We will update the article with any additional announcements from the airline.
Source: Sahara Reporters