The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has suspended Dana Airlines’ Air Transport Licence, ATL and Air Operator Certificate, AOC, indefinitely, with effect from midnight of Wednesday, July 20, 2022.
This is contained in a statement signed by Musa Nuhu, the Director General of NCAA, on Wednesday in Lagos.
The statement said that the suspension was made pursuant to Section 35(2), 3(b) and (4) of the Civil Aviation Act, 2006 and Part 188.8.131.52(a)(1) of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs), 2015.
It said that the suspension order, handed down by Mr Nuhu, has since been communicated to the management of Dana Airlines.
According to statement, the decision is the outcome of a financial and economic health audit carried out on the airline by the authority, and the findings of an investigation conducted on the Airline’s flight operations recently.
It said that these revealed that Dana Airlines was no longer in a position to meet its financial obligations and to conduct safe flight operations.
“The NCAA acknowledges the negative effect this preemptive decision will have on the Airline’s passengers and the travelling public and seeks their understanding, as the safety of flight operations takes priority over all other considerations,” the statement said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Dana Air Boeing 737 aircraft with registration number (5N DNA) had on Tuesday made an emergency landing at Abuja Airport.