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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) is in a fix over the restriction of Medview Airlines operations to Europe.The Aviation regulatory body is said to be studying report as to know why Nigeria’s flag carrier was barred by the European Commission.
Spokesman for NCAA, Sam Adurogboye told woleshadare.net that the agency was still studying report or reason for the action of the European Commission.
Medview’s ban is the first on any Nigerian carrier since the nation attained various international safety certifications including the United States highest aviation safety standard, otherwise known as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Category One aviation status in August 2010.
Usually, the EC does not make it’s findings or safety infractions known to the media but usually communicates that to the civil aviation authority of affected countries.
The EC is due in the country to further access the operations of the airline in collaboration with the NCAA.
The group usually update the EU Air Safety List, the list of airlines that do not meet international safety standards, and are therefore subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union.
The EU air safety list seeks to ensure the highest level of air safety for European citizens, which is a top priority of the aviation strategy adopted in December 2015. The EU Air Safety List is one of the Union’s main instruments to meet that objective.
Meanwhile, Med-View Airline has clarified the European Union operational restriction, which it said the public has misunderstood as a total ban on its UK operations.
A statement from Executive Director, Business Development and Commercials, Medview Airlines Plc, Mr. Isiaq Na’Allah said its operations to London is in no way affected by the ban and had since being operating with her wet-leased aircraft.
He noted that the ban which falls under exception rule in European Aviation Safety Agency (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 may have caused its teeming passengers and assured them that there is no basis for alarm as the Lagos-London flight remains unaffected”.
“We at Med-View Airline are committed to safety, and currently working with EASA and NCAA to restore normalcy, the statement said.
He disclosed that the carrier had on May 17, 2017 operated its normal schedule flight to London amidst the misinformation about the restriction.
Na’Allah recalled that on March 2016, Med-View Airline passed through one of the most stringent operations audit of the global airlines’ body – the International Air Transport Association (IATA), after which it was issued with IOSA – International Operational Safety Audit.
He further disclosed that the airline has secured a B777 aircraft leased from an EU-member state to boost its international operations, which he reiterated would soon join the fleet.
The EC had on Wednesday barred Medview from operating into European airspace for safety reasons. Several other airlines were also barred.
A total of 181 airlines were barred from flying into Europe. 174 airlines were barred due to safety oversight by aviation authorities in their home countries.
All carriers from Mozambique and Republic of Benin have been removed from the list of airlines banned.
Medview was one of seven airlines barred due to safety conditions with the airlines themselves.
EU Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc said, “Aviation safety is my top priority and our update illustrates our continuous efforts to offer the highest level of air safety to European citizens.”
“I am happy to say that after eight years of work and extensive European technical assistance, we were able to clear all Zambian air carriers from the list. Following my visit to Iran in April last year, a technical assessment was successfully carried out in May. Based on this, I am happy to announce that we are now also able to allow most aircraft from Iran Air back into European skies”.
The EU Air safety list not only helps to maintain high levels of safety in the EU, but it also helps affected countries to improve their levels of safety, in order for them to eventually be taken off the list.
In addition, the air safety list has become a major preventive tool, as it motivates countries with safety problems to act upon them before a ban under the air safety list would become necessary.
As part of the aviation strategy presented in December 2015, the Commission announced its intention to evaluate Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005
which establishes the air safety list. This evaluation will assess the most efficient ways to further improve the protection of passengers against unsafe air carriers.