Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has concluded plans to hold talks with the European Union Air Safety Committee (ASC) of the European Commission (EC) to resolve all discrepancies impeding the lifting of the ban on Medview Airlines.
This is part of a series of engagements with the European Commission (EC) in the aftermath of a failed application by Medview Airlines for a Third Country Operator Authorisation to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
The application failed during the verification of documents submitted by airline which were found to be non-compliant with Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005 and therefore could not qualify for approval.
Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) thereafter received the notification of non-compliance through the office of the Nigerian Mission to International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
Upon receipt of notification the Director General, NCAA, Capt. Muhtar Usman, met with senior officials of European Commission in Gaborone, Botswana, during the Regional Safety Oversight Organization Conference in February of this year. During this meeting extensive discussions were held with a view to resolving the matter.
Similarly, the Regulatory Authority engaged Medview Airlines to straighten out issues arising from the failed application to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
This ban is in accordance with the common criteria set out in the Annex to Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005.Therefore, the Union’s list of air carriers which are subject to an operating ban within the Union should be amended to include Medview Airlines in Annex A to Regulation (EC) No 474/2006.The ban will take effect a day after it is published in an official journal.
The Commission expressed its readiness to reconsider the inclusion of Medview Airlines on the EU Air Safety List as soon as all issues of non-compliance are resolved.
According to a statement signed by General Manager Public Relations of the Authority Mr. Sam Adurogboye as part of the efforts to arrive at a resolution and lifting of the ban, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) will conduct a full scale audit of Medview Airlines’ operations. The result would therefore determine further actions and engagements by the Regulatory Authority.