According to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), seven new airlines have applied for an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC). Among the applicants are several current charter operators: Prime Air, Gyro Air, EasyJet, Air Taraba, as well as the newcomers Azman Air and Hak Air. The last unidentified start-up airline is called EAS – also the name of a defunct carrier, which could stand for Empire Aviation Services.
A Donier 328 (D-CIRJ) operated by charter airline Prime Air Services was the first aircraft to land at the renovated Bauchi Airstrip on 13 February 2012. The aircraft was closed for eleven months, after an aircraft hit sheep on the runway during landing. Bauchi Airstrip is mainly used for charter operations, as no airline operates scheduled flights into the airport. The Bauchi State government is nevertheless planning to build a new international airport in the state, for which it signed a N7.9 billion contract last year.
A Dana Air MD-83 made an emergency landing today after a bird strike at Lagos Airport. The aircraft en route to Abuja lost one engine and returned to Lagos Airport, where it landed safely.
According to its schedules, Dana Air will reduce its daily frequencies on the Lagos-Abuja route from six to five and on the Lagos-Port Harcourt route from two to one from next month onwards.
On 17 April, 2010, a Challenger 600 coming from Makurdi Airport declared an emergency at Abuja Airport. The aircraft belonging to charter company called Prime Air experienced problems with its landing gear but landed safely after all.