by Stanley Azuakola
Dana Airline is ready to fly again.
The operating license of the airline were suspended by the Federal Government following the June 3 crash at Iju-Ishaga involving a Dana plane, in which over 150 people lost their lives. But on Wednesday, three months after the crash, the Federal Government lifted the suspension on the airline. And now, the airline says it is ready to resume flight operations.
The management of Dana released an official statement on Thursday thanking the Federal Government for lifting the suspension and announcing that it will soon resume flight operations in all its routes.
“The management and the over 558 staff of Dana Air wish to express our deepest appreciation to the Federal Government of Nigeria over the lifting of the suspension of the airline’s operations with effect from Wednesday, September 5, 2012, following government’s satisfaction with the air-worthiness of the airline after a rigorous technical, operational and financial audit,” said the statement.
The airline also thanked “all Nigerians and our esteemed guests for your prayers since the tragic accident of Sunday, June 3, 2012. Our thoughts and prayers will always be with the families that lost loved ones.”
The airline renewed its commitment to assisting the families of victims of the crash and also fulfilling their obligations to them fully, as stipulated by the law.
Furthermore, Dana Airline promised to continue to adhere to safety procedures in their flight operations.
“The provision of safe, reliable world-class air transport services has always been our focus at Dana Air and we will continue to adhere strictly to safety procedures as required by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Act and all other relevant local and international regulations, as we resume flight operations shortly.”