By Ige Olugbenga
Nigeria’s lone carrier on the European route, Med-View Airline, has been barred from entering European airspace 18 months after commencing the Lagos-London route.
The European Union cited safety reasons for barring of the airline.
EU said that its aircraft Boeing 767 that flies to Gatwick London is not airworthy and advised the carrier to change the aircraft or suspend flight operations to its airspace until it is able to provide another aircraft for its operations.
According to SaharaReporters, 180 other airlines were also barred from flying into Europe. Also, 174 other airlines were barred due to safety oversight by aviation authorities in their home countries.
Also, all carriers from Mozambique and Republic of Benin have been removed from the list of airlines banned.
It would be recalled that Med-View commenced the Lagos-Gatwick route on November 20, 2015. The airline commenced the three times weekly flights to London with a Boeing 767 aircraft but changed the aircraft to Boeing 747 last year when the Boeing 767 went on maintenance check abroad.
A report quoted Ishaq Na’ Allah, a director in the airline who confirmed the UK ban of the airline, as saying the UK civil aviation requested the airline stopped flying its B767 and has advised it to lease another aircraft.
Na’ Allah said they are working to resolve the issue while the UK authorities are due in Nigeria to carry out a safety audit on the airline.
He did not, however, disclose when the airline would be back in service to London.