EU Bans Medview Airline From Its Airspace

Pauline Gross
May 19, 2017

Med-View said in a statement signed by its Executive Director, Business Development and Commercials, Mr. Isiaq Na'Allah, on Thursday that the ban was not as its Lagos-London flight remained unaffected and that it had since been operating on the route with its wet-leased aircraft.

Banned airlines on the EU Air Safety List can not operate to, from or within the EU, but numerous 181 blacklisted carriers do not have European operations.

The European Union Air Safety Commission has banned Nigerian airline, Med-View Airlines, from operating within European airspace over alleged safety problems.

The European Commission (EC) has banned Zimbabwe's struggling flag airline, Air Zimbabwe, from their airspace over safety concerns.

A total of 181 airlines were prevented from flying into Europe, with 174 airlines barred due to safety oversight by aviation authorities in their home countries.

It says the airline, and others from Nigeria and Ukraine, has unaddressed safety deficiencies detected by the European Aviation Safety Agency.

"The latest directive, which was contained in the EU Commission's Air Safety List, cited the inability of Air Zimbabwe to meet global safety standards, "...they are therefore subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union".

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"The aircraft being used in such operations could be branded as if it belonged to the fleet of the banned airline". Since December 1994 the airline has been placed on the list of official United Nations carriers.

The Airline on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 operated its normal schedule flight to London amidst the misinformation about the restriction.

"We at Medview Airline are committed to safety, and now working with European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), to restore normalcy, " he said.

"British government employees travelling to and within Zimbabwe have been advised to use carriers that aren't subject to the European Union operating ban", the British Embassy said in a travel alert posted on its website.

An operator in the industry whose airline recently stopped flights to London told THISDAY that besides the safety reasons, European Union often bans airlines from largely third world countries to allow only airlines from Europe to operate to Africa, some parts of Asia without corresponding flights from indigenous airlines.

The management of Med-View Airline said its operation to London was not affected by the ban.

Other reports by GizPress

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