IN a bid to increase business activities in the South eastern state, of Imo, multiple award-winning airline Dana Air, has entered into a strategic partnership with the Imo State Government to launch Imo Air operated by Dana Air.
This 10-year partnership entails Dana Air managing services in and out of Imo state to various destinations in an effort to aid the government open the state up to investments.
Speaking during the launch of Imo Air at Sam Mbakwe Airport, Imo State, Imo State Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha said ‘’ this is a 10-year partnership between Dana Air and the Imo State Government and it is borne out of our desire to increase business activities in Imo state, improve tourism drive, diversify the economy of Imo state, and provide employment opportunities for Imolites’’
Commenting further, the Governor said ‘’ we have no Air Operator Certificate and that is why we approached one of the leading airlines in Nigeria to manage this service for us. We believe that our partnership with Dana Air to operate Imo Air is a step in the right direction to open Imo State to the world’’
’Also in the offing is the Imo International Cargo which targets to open the Southeast up to importers and exporters of all kinds of commodities, thereby reducing the over -reliance on Lagos, Kano and other international airports for the export and import of goods into the country. This initiative is no doubt a boost for the Southeast economic liberation struggle’’, Okorocha said.
Also speaking at the launch of Imo Air, the Accountable Manager of Dana Air, Mr Obi Mbanuzuo said ‘we are delighted about this partnership, and we have no doubts that Imo Air is in safe hands, as the choice of Dana Air to operate Imo Air, was an excellent and well thought-out decision by the proactive governor of Imo State. As you may be aware, Dana Air is the only domestic airline to have undergone an operational audit, conducted by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and its foreign partners- The Flight Safety Group.
Also, in our determination to meet the highest global aviation safety standards, Dana Air recently concluded its IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) with a strong desire to move on to the next stage soon’’
Speaking further, Obi said ‘’our continuous investment in human capital development, training and retraining of staff to meet the challenges of the industry has culminated in a dedicated, loyal, meticulous, pragmatic and highly motivated workforce. This has also been the secret of our consistency and steady growth in the industry, despite the multiplying operational challenges that domestic airlines have to grapple with.
In terms of service, Governor Okorocha didn’t make any mistake as our in- flight service is world-class and our on- time performance is second to none. We are the only domestic airline with a help desk/ call centre that works almost 24/7 days a week, solving guest’s issues and making them smile at every opportunity”
Dana Air having flown over 4.5 million passengers in the last 8 years of its operations , is one of Nigeria’s leading airlines with over 27 daily flights from Lagos to Abuja, Port Harcourt , Owerri and Uyo