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Published On: Thu, Feb 20th, 2014

Dana recommences Port Harcourt, says competition will make Nigerians fly more

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dana-airlineFrom Suleiman Idris, Lagos

Domestic carrier Dana Air yesterday re-commenced its flight operations between Lagos – Port-Harcourt and Port Harcourt – Abuja routes, affirming that competition is good for the industry.

Chief Operating Officer and Accountable Manager, Mr. Yvan Drewinsky said the airline will constantly review its product to offer more option for flyers.

Speaking at the flag off ceremony Tuesday morning, Drewinsky noted that with airfare currently on the downturn on the domestic route, a conducive environment will ensure a healthy competition among the airlines thus encouraging more Nigerians to travel by air.

“Competition is always an exciting moment, you see that as soon as we started Abuja the fares dropped tremendously and is to the advantage of the customers, so it is good to have a healthy competition.” He told reporters.

The COO disclosed that the airline is among 10 others in Africa selected for safety audit to be carried by International Air Transport Association sometime in the year.

“African union last year decided to sponsor 10 airlines to make them more safe and pay for their IOSA, we have been selected as one of the 10 airlines by the African union, the first workshop which IATA will come into help us do in Lagos will be on March 17, for one week, we will have trainers, instructors, people helping us to become IOSA complaint.”

Drewinsky said Nigeria still rank among the top operating environment in the world and advice that someone with a good understanding of the working mechanism of the industry should be allowed to preside over the sector.


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