Dana Air Gets Its License Withdrawn Again

Reports show that a directive from Nigeria’s Ministry of Aviation has suspended operations at the domestic carrier, which is meeting today with officials.

Dana Air – which flies between Lagos and Abuja on Boeing MD-80s – has suspended its flights.

An announcement on the airline’s website said a “temporary suspension” follows a Ministry of Aviation directive through the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on March 16

“No specific reason was given for the action,” reads the announcement.

“A meeting is, however, scheduled between the management of Dana Air, the Ministry of Aviation and the NCAA on Monday 18th March 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.

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