Med-View Airline not affected by EU ban

Posted: May 26, 2017 in general
Med-View Airlines

Med-View Airlines

Following Wednesday’s reported ban slammed by the European Union on airlines including Nigerian carrier, Med-View, from its airspace, the operator, Thursday, debunked the alleged operational restriction, describing it as a misunderstanding by the public ‘as a total ban on its UK operations.’

Med-View Airline was believed to be one of those under the EU Air Safety List Annex A, which includes all airlines banned from operating in Europe.

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

The EU Air Safety List is a list of non-European airlines that do not meet international safety standards, and are therefore subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union.

In the updated version, all air carriers 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.

However, the airline in a statement signed by Executive Director, Business Development and Commercials, Mr. Isiaq Na’Allah, stated that its operations to London has not in any way been affected by the ban, saying it has been operating with its wet-leased aircraft.

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 Na’Allah said in the statement.

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 is committed to safety, and currently working with EASA and NCAA to restore normalcy,” the statement said.

The airline has been operating normal scheduled flights to London despite the purported restriction.

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