- UK request airline jettisons plane
The European Commission has barred Nigeria’s flag carrier airline, Medview from operating into European airspace for safety reasons. Several other airlines were also affected.
A total of 181 airlines were barred from flying into Europe, while 174 airlines were barred due to safety oversight by aviation authorities in their home countries.
However, 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.
The airline is yet to issue an official statement concerning the ban, but a Director in the airline, Alhaji Ishaq Na’ Allah told New Telegraph on phone that the UK civil aviation requested the airline stop flying its B767 and has advised it to lease another aircraft.
He said they are working to resolve the issue while the UK authorities are due in Nigeria to carry out safety audit on the airline. He did not, however, disclose when the airline would be back in service to London.
The airline, being one of the two flag carriers of Nigeria, was “Listed by Introduction” on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on January 31, 2017, and was the first airline to list its shares on the stock exchange in the last 10 years.