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EU bars Nigerian airline from operating in its airspace

19 May 2017

Barely 18 months after commencing the Lagos-London route, the lone Nigerian carrier on the European route, Med-View Airline has been barred from entering European airspace.

The EU sometimes bans every airline from a country because of poor regulatory oversight; this applies to the vast majority of banned airlines-174 airlines in 16 states-even though the airline itself may have a safe operation.

According to the statement, 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 to eventually allow them to operate flights to and from airports in the European Union.

Air Zimbabwe announced in 2015 that it would seek European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification as part of its ambitious plans to widen its revenue streams by establishing an aircraft maintenance centre for regional and worldwide carriers.

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Air Zimbabwe was added on Tuesday to the list together with Nigeria's Med-View, Mustique Airways of St. Vincent and the Granadines and Ukraine's aviation company, Urga.

Na'Allah said the airline regretted the anxiety the misinformation may have caused its teeming passengers and assured them that there was no basis for alarm as the Lagos-London flight remained unaffected.

Airlines which are listed on the EU Air Safety List can not operate to, from or within the EU, but then again numerous 181 blacklisted carriers do not have European operations.

"We at Med-View Airline are committed to safety, and now working with EASA and the NCAA to restore normalcy", Na'Allah said.

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A wet-leased aircraft may be used to fly services into countries where the lessee is banned from operating.

Na'Allah stated, "It will be recalled that in March 2016, Med-View Airline passed through one of the most stringent operations audit of the global airlines' body, the International Air Transport Association, after which it was issued with the International Operational Safety Audit".

A wet lease is a leasing arrangement whereby one airline (the lessor) provides an aircraft, complete crew, maintenance, and insurance to another airline or other type of business acting as a broker of air travel (the lessee), which pays by hours operated.

This ban comes at the worst possible time for Air Zimbabwe.

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EU bars Nigerian airline from operating in its airspace