Nigeria's Dana Air cleared to resume flying again

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Nigeria's aviation ministry has ended the temporary grounding of Dana Air that began unexpectedly on 16 March for unspecified safety reasons.

"The Federal Ministry of Aviation and the Nigerian CAA met with the management team from Dana Airlines today (18 March) in Abuja and deliberated on some safety issues in connection with the operations of the airline," ministry spokesman Joe Obi says.

"At the end of the meeting, the suspension of the operations of the airline which took effect last Saturday was lifted. The airline is to resume normal operations immediately."

Dana Air welcomed the move, saying that flights will get underway on 19 March with the resumption of its Lagos-Abuja service.

However, the aviation ministry adds that one of the carrier's aircraft will remain grounded "until after its airworthiness has been re-certified by Boeing". It did not provide any further details about the aircraft in question.

Dana Air operates a fleet of four Boeing MD-80s build in 1990 and 1991, according to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database.

The Nigerian carrier had previously resumed flying in September 2012 following a three-month re-certification process that was necessitated by the 3 June 2012 crash in Lagos, which killed 153 occupants plus 10 people on the ground.

Separately, Lagos-based Aero Contractors also suspended flights over the weekend due to ongoing industrial action by staff.