Nigerian air operator, Medview Airline is a domestic and regional airline based in Lagos whose popularity has grown in the aviation industry over the years.
Founded in 2007 as a charter airline operating mainly Hajj flights, the MedView airline has expanded its reach to include domestic destinations such as Abuja, Port Harcourt, Yola, Enugu and Maiduguri in Nigeria, as well as Accra in Ghana and London-Gatwick Airport in the United Kingdom.
The airline has also expanded into regional and long-haul scheduled passenger routes including European and Middle Eastern destinations.
Med-View Airline Plc boasts of airlifting more than 3m passengers and 46m tons of cargo (annually) to 14 local, regional and international destinations, including London, Accra, Jeddah, Abuja, and Lagos amongst others.
- Port Harcourt
Baggage Allowance and Limitations
Medview Airline has various industry standard baggage allowances in place for travelers:
- Economy class for domestic flights – maximum of 23kg.
- Economy class for regional flights – maximum of 30kg.
- Business class for domestic flights – a maximum of 40kg.
- Business class for regional flights – a maximum of 40kg.
Medview Air offers online flight booking platform on its website which enables you conveniently book and manage a flight online in the comfort of your home or office or even while on the move.
The booking platform allows for online check-in, however, you must check-in online at least 24 hours to flight departure. If you miss the windows for online check-in, you can always check-in at the airport. You are expected to check-in at latest 30 minutes to departure for domestic flights and 60 minutes for other flights.
Medview Airline EU Ban
In May 2017, Medview Airline was named among the 181 airlines banned from operating within the airspace of the European Commission.
A statement released by the commission stated that the non-European airlines mentioned in the updated EU air safety list “do not meet international safety standards and are therefore subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union.”
Med-View (Nigeria), Mustique Airways (St. Vincent and the Grenadines), Aviation Company Urga (Ukraine) and Air Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe) were banned from operating within the EU airspace on the grounds of “unaddressed safety deficiencies that were detected by the European aviation safety agency during the assessment for a third country operator authorization.”
However, the Commission said the airlines subjected to an operating ban could be permitted to operate within the European Union by using wet-leased aircraft of an airline which is not subject to an operating ban, provided that the relevant safety standards are complied with.
In other words, the aircraft being used in such operations could be branded as if it belonged to the fleet of the banned airline.
More so, in the updated list, all airlines certified in Benin and Mozambique were cleared from the list, following further improvements to the aviation safety situation in those countries.
However, Med-View Airline’s management said its operation to London was not affected by the ban, adding that the public only misunderstood the pronouncement as a ban on its UK operations.
Dismissing the panic generated by reports of the EU ban as an end-result of “misinformation”, the airline’s Executive Director, Business Development and Commercials, Isiaq Na’Allah, said the airline had since been operating with her wet-leased aircraft.
Na’Allah explained that the ban falls under exception rule in EASA, Annex A, where it states that “Air carrier listed in Annex A could be permitted to exercise traffic rights by using wet-leased aircraft of an air carrier, which is not subject to an operating ban”.
While regretting the anxiety the misinformation may have caused its teeming passengers, the airline assured its customers that there is no basis for alarm as the Lagos-London flight remains unaffected.
“The Airline on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, operated its normal schedule flight to London amidst the misinformation about the restriction.
“We at Med-View Airline are committed to safety, and currently working with EASA and NCAA to restore normalcy,” Na’Allah said in a statement.
The airline’s boss also added that the B767 aircraft which the EU – European Air Safety Commission, EASA, used as the basis for the restriction was withdrawn from service five months ago.
Stressing that there was no need for apprehension, Mr. Na’allah further disclosed that the airline had secured a B777 aircraft leased from an EU-member state to boost its international operations, which will soon join the fleet.
He added that Med-View Airline had also passed through one of the most stringent operations audits of the global airlines’ body (the International Air Transport Association, IATA), after which it was issued with the International Operational Safety Audit, IOSA.
But a few days later, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, confirmed that MedView Airline has been banned from European airspace by the European Union Air Safety Committee, ASC, of the European Commission, EC.
According to the regulatory authority, the EU Air Safety Committee invited NCAA and Medview for a tripartite meeting in Brussels on the 25th – 26th April 2017.
After the deliberations, the European Commission (EU) with the full support of the EU Air Safety Committee unanimously decided to ban Medview Airlines in accordance with the common criteria set out in the Annex to Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005.
NCAA’s General Manager, Public Relations, Mr. Sam Adurogboye confirmed the ban saying the NCAA is set to hold high-level talks with the European Union Air Safety Committee (ASC) of the European Commission (EC) to resolve all discrepancies that will lead to 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 the airline which were found to be non-compliant with Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005 and therefore could not qualify for approval.
“The 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…,”Adurogboye said.
The Regulatory Authority engaged Medview Airline to straighten out issues arising from the failed application to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
However, the NCAA disclosed that the EC 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 with the EASA.
As part of the efforts to arrive at a resolution and lifting of the ban, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) said it will conduct a full-scale audit of Medview Airlines’ operations which would determine further actions and engagements by the Regulatory Authority.