Dana Air

Dana Air
IATA ICAO Callsign
Commenced operationsNovember 10, 2008 (2008-11-10)
HubsMurtala Muhammed International Airport
Focus citiesLagos, Abuja, Port-harcourt, Owerri, Enugu
Fleet size8
Parent companyDana Group
HeadquartersDana House, 116, Oshodi-Isolo expressway, 5star bus stop, Lagos, Nigeria

Dana Air is a Nigerian airline headquartered in Ikeja and based in Lagos's Murtala Muhammed International Airport.


The Dana Airlines Limited operating as Dana Air is a fully private sector-owned carrier. The airline commenced flight operations on 10 November 2008 and has since its inauguration progressively developed a route network bringing convenience and choice to the flying public.

In May 2021, Dana Air teamed-up with Ibom Air to launch the first-ever domestic airline codeshare agreement by Nigerian airlines.

On July 20, 2022, the airline had both its license and certificate suspended by the Nigerian authorities after it was deemed financially unfit to maintain operations. The airline claimed that the increase in the cost of jet fuel, unavailability of foreign exchange, and inflation were contributory factors.

However, after being reinstated by the Nigerian Aviation Safety Authority (NCAA) following the airline's success with NCAA audits, the airline resumed operations in November 2022.


As of August 2023, Dana Air serves the following destinations:



Dana Air McDonnell Douglas MD-83. This was the aircraft involved in Dana Air Flight 0992.

As of August 2023, the Dana Air fleet consisted of the following aircraft:

Dana Air fleet
Aircraft In fleet Orders Notes
Boeing 737-300 2 taken over from Southwest Airlines
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 1
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 5
Total 8

Incidents and accidents

  • On 3 June 2012, a Dana Air McDonnell Douglas MD-83 operating as Flight 0992 crashed into a two-story building at Iju Railway, Ishaga, a suburb of Lagos. All 153 people on the aircraft were killed. Following the crash, all flights by Dana Air were halted by Nigeria's Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
  • On 7 February 2018, a Dana Air flight landed in Abuja and was taxiing on the runway when one of the emergency exit doors fell off. No casualties resulted from the incident. Passengers claimed that the door rattled throughout the flight. A spokesperson for the airline, however claimed that the door could not have fallen off without a conscious effort by a passenger. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority instituted an investigation into the incident to determine what exactly happened.
  • On 20 February 2018, a Dana Air MD-83 with registration 5N-SRI veered off the runway at Port-Harcourt international airport during a night landing. There were no casualties, but the aircraft suffered significant damage. Both the airline and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria stated that the cause of the accident was inclement weather as there was torrential rain at the time of the landing.

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