COVID-19: DANA AIR TO EMPTY MIDDLE SEATS AS OPERATIONS SET TO BEGIN
Dana Air has said it will not allow passengers occupy middle seats in all its aircrafts upon the commencement of Operations, following the social distancing advisory on Coronavirus.
This was stated in a statement by the Accountantable Manager Dana Air,
Mr Obi Mbanuzuo, in Lagos on Monday, 20th April .
”Majority of our aircraft are configured with mainly three seats in a row, on either side of the aisle, so when we resume flights anytime soon, we will keep the middle seats empty so passengers can sit on the window and aisle seats to ensure some physical distancing onboard all our flights.
”This is just to give our guests some sense of security about their health and well-being when flying with us immediately after the pandemic.
“It will be for some time, while we continue to review feedback from our guests on their thoughts, but we believe it is what customers might like to see.
”Our first concern is the safety and well-being of our staff and customers and we have made firm arrangements to ensure that our thorough cleaning and disinfection programme continues.
“We are taking this seriously as we do not know how long this will last, ” he said.
Mbanuzuo added that domestic airlines had lost over N360 billion due to Coronavirus pandemic and still counting,further said; “we do not know when it will be over.”
”There charges, fees, allowances, salaries, aircraft leases, taxes all pending and over 100 aircrafts parked nationwide without generating a dime.
“The Value Added Tax (VAT) which contributes to the high cost of airfares is yet to be removed.
“These are the issues and the government needs to seriously consider helping airlines to survive this trying time.”