Following the ban issued by European Union Air Safety Committee (ASC) on Med-View Airline, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) said it would conduct a full scale audit on the airline’s operations.
The spokesman for NCAA, Mr. Sam Adurogboye said the audit is part of the efforts to arrive at a resolution and lifting of the ban.
He said the outcome would further determine actions and engagements by the regulatory authority.
Meanwhile, Adurogboye said NCAA would hold high level talks with the ASC of the European Commission (EC) to resolve all the issues leading to the ban on the airline.
The spokesman said the meeting is part of a series of engagements with the EC in the aftermath of a failed application by Med-View Air for a Third Country Operator Authorisation to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
He said the application failed during the verification of documents submitted by the airline which were found to have been non-compliant with Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005 and therefore could not qualify for approval.
Adurogboye said the agency 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 of NCAA, Capt. Muhtar Usman, met with senior officials of EC in Gaborone, Botswana, during the Regional Safety Oversight Organization Conference in February 2017.
“During this meeting extensive discussions were held with a view to resolving the matter.
“Similarly, NCAA engaged Med-View Airline to straighten out issues arising from the failed application to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA),” he said.
He added that the EU Air Safety Committee invited NCAA and Med-View for a tripartite meeting in Brussels on April 25-26, 2017.
“After the deliberations, the European Commission (EU) with the full support of the EU Air Safety Committee unanimously decided to ban Med-View Air.
He said the Commission had expressed its readiness to re-consider the airline’s inclusion on the EU Air Safety List as soon as all issues of non-compliance are resolved with the EASA.