The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has grounded the Air Transport Licence (ATL) and Air Operator Certificate (AOC) of Dana Airlines.
This development was contained in a statement on Wednesday signed by the NCAA Director-General, Capt. Musa Nuhu.
According to the statement, the suspension is to take effect from midnight of Wednesday, 20th July 2022, and the management of Dana Airlines has been informed of the suspension order.
The NCAA said the suspension was made pursuant to Section 35(2), 3(b) and (4) of the Civil Aviation Act, 2006 and Part 22.214.171.124(a)(1) of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs), 2015.
“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, which revealed that Dana Airlines is no longer in a position to meet its financial obligations and to conduct safe flight operations,” the statement said.
“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 embattled airline also confirmed the suspension in a statement, saying it “understand the impact this suspension will have on our partners, staff, passengers and the general public but we are very confident that we would come out stronger as we have done in the past”.
Dana Air assured the NCAA that it is fully ready and committed to cooperating with the aviation authority in the course of the audit.