Dana Air has said that there is a need for the Federal Government to improve on its support for domestic airlines, to enable them grow.
The Chief Operating Officer of Dana Air, Mr Obi Mbanuzuo, who made the appeal during the airline’s 10th anniversary, said domestic carriers had so much challenges to contend with.
He noted that Nigerian airlines had for a long time been weighed down by infrastructure deficit at airports, multiple taxes, and high cost of aviation fuel, among others.
He, however, stated that despite all the challenges that airlines in the country had to grapple with, Dana Air was proud to celebrate 10 years of providing massive job opportunities, capacity development, training, broad Corporate Social Responsibility and flight service to Nigeria and Nigerians.
“We are unflinching in our resolve to maintain what we have come to be known for but our appeal is that the needed support be given to airlines. If the Value Added Tax can be removed as assured by the Federal Government, we will be happy and this will surely have a positive impact too,” he said.
Dana Air on Saturday celebrated its 10th anniversary, having commenced operations on November 10, 2008.
Mbanuzuo said Dana was the second airline to achieve the feat of celebrating 10 years of service as an airline.
He said, “As you may be aware, we are about the second private domestic airline in Nigeria’s history to achieve this feat, and it is on record that over 60 airlines have gone under without being able to survive even five years in the industry.
“It has not been easy as we have had to grapple with a lot of challenges in the last 10 years ranging from infrastructure, multiple taxes, and high cost of aviation fuel.
“But we are delighted to have been able to brave the storm and I must say our commitment, proficient management style, high standards, and passion for excellence brought us this far.”
Mbanuzuo said apart from other achievements, the airline had flown over 2.7 million passengers in the last 10 years of its operations with an on-time performance.
“Our desire is to do another 10 years, offering Nigerians the best of service hinged on customer satisfaction and safety,” he said.
He added that the airline had also made significant progress in its strategic route and fleet expansion programme.
“Our good understanding of the workings of the industry has been an added advantage and very soon we will announce the steps and progress made. It is our desire to cover more cities in Nigeria but we have to be strategic about it,” he added.