…Medview denies ban
The European Air Safety Agency (EASA) has banned Nigerian carrier, Medview Airline and other airlines from Africa and other parts of the world from its airspace for not meeting the required safety standards.
EASA is the agency that determines the airworthiness of aircraft and airlines that are allowed to operate in European airspace and gives certification to airlines from other parts of the world to operate into the region..
According to reports, Medview Airline was one of those under the EU Air Safety List Annex A, which included a total of 181 airlines banned from operating to Europe.
Out of the above number, 174 airlines were barred due to safety oversight by aviation authorities in their home countries.
Debunking the claim of being ban from flying into Europe, Medview Airline said that the airline was not banned from operating to London.
In a statement, the airline noted that it was only asked to change its operating aircraft, stressing that its operations to London is not in any way affected and the airline had since been operating with her wet-leased aircraft.
According to the airline, the ban which falls under exception rule in EASA, Annex A, where it states that “air carrier listed in Annex A could be permitted to exercise traffic rights by using wet-leased aircraft of an air carrier, which is not subject to an operating ban.”
The airline regretted the anxiety the misinformation might have caused its teeming passengers and assured them that there was no basis for alarm as the Lagos-London flight remains unaffected.
“We at Medview Airline are committed to safety, and currently working with EASA and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to restore normalcy”, the airline said in a statement.
The airline said on May 17, 2017 it operated normal schedule flight to London “amid the misinformation about the restriction”.
In March 2016, Medview Airline passed the International Air Transport Association (IATA), after which it was issued with IOSA – International Operational Safety Audit certification.
The airline said it had secured a B777 aircraft leased from an EU-member state to boost its international operations, which would soon join the fleet.
Airlines from Benin Republic and Mozambique were removed from the list, while four individual airlines, one each from Nigeria, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Ukraine and Zimbabwe were added.