Air Zimbabwe banned in European Union airspace

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 19, 2017

The European Commission maintains an Air Safety List of airlines that they say don't meet worldwide safety standards and are barred from operating in the European Union.

Just hours after its AGM meeting on Wednesday, Nigerian airline, Med view, has received news of a ban from European airspace.

The European Commission (EC) has banned Zimbabwe's struggling flag airline, Air Zimbabwe, from their airspace over safety concerns.

"They were added to the list due to unaddressed safety deficiencies that were detected by the European Aviation Safety Agency during the assessment for a third country operator authorization", said the EU commission in a statement on Tuesday.

"Following today's update, all airlines certified in Benin and Mozambique are cleared from the list, following further improvements to the aviation safety situation in these countries".

"The airline said its operations to London is in no way affected by the ban and had since being operating with her wet-leased aircraft". Since December 1994 the airline has been placed on the list of official United Nations carriers.

NAIJ.com reported that a passenger on the flight said passengers suspected the plane, with flight number VL 2102, was faulty before takeoff, but they were assured by the pilot and the crew that all was well.

The airline said on May 17, 2017 it operated normal schedule flight to London "amid the misinformation about the restriction".

"We at Med-View Airline are committed to safety, and now working with EASA and NCAA to restore normalcy", he added.

This was despite the global aviation industry moving to electronic ticketing, in line with latest standards approved by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), whose policy is to ensure airline safety, security and efficiency.

An operator in the industry whose airline recently stopped flights to London told THISDAY that besides the safety reasons, European Union often bans airlines from largely third world countries to allow only airlines from Europe to operate to Africa, some parts of Asia without corresponding flights from indigenous airlines.

In the same year, its largest aircraft, a Boeing 767-200, was seized by American General Supplies in London over a US$1,2 million debt, but was later released after the airline paid the debt. Air fares went down when Arik and Medview started operating to London.

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