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31st January, 2018.

Med-View Airline Not Indebted To Gatwick Airport Authorities, Ground Handler - Bankole

Med-View Airline has insisted that it is not indebted to the Gatwick Airport Authorities or does it owe Mendez, its European ground handlers contrary to speculations in some quarters

This is just as the airline disclosed that it has suspended Lagos- Dubai operations till March 24, 2018.

This was disclosed by the Managing Director of Med-View, Alhaji Muneer Bankole at a media briefing at its headquarters in Lagos on Monday.

He stated that the clarification became necessary following allegations that it was due to debts that its operations in the last few days have been hindered causing its passengers challenges.

Bankole hinted that as at today Med-View Airline has paid the Gatwick Authority GBP1.45million, adding that it this can be verified.

He also stated that the airport authority asks for money upfront for services not rendered, adding that Med-View was paying for future operations which not the same anywhere.

The Managing Director, who commended the passengers for their support, understanding and patronage in the period but he however appealed to passengers to bear with the airline in view of the challenges it has faced.

Bankole also stated that it had serious challenges with its European partners over aircraft leased, adding that it had not met the airline requirement in providing the necessary capacity.

"While we want to leave the past behind us, it is imperative to say that we have issues with our European partners over aircraft we leased from them. From all indications, this aircraft has not been able to meet our requirement in providing the necessary capacity. The United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority (UK-CAA) has been supportive of our efforts when it dawned on them that the issues had to do with aircraft."

He continued, "Consequently, we have taken measures on out Lagos-London route, which will now be serviced by an alternative aircraft currently in operation. We will also maintain three weekly flights. We have shut down Dubai operations till March when our aircraft B767-300ER Christened "ABEKE" returns from complete refurbishment in the United Kingdom. Passengers who have booked with us will be flown to their destinations via interlink agreements."

The Med-View boss stated that the airline would continue its Jeddah schedule via Kano, explaining that the new biometric requirements by the Saudi Authorities may cause hitches and dwindling traffic but that it will be resolved.

"We will continue to maintain our Jeddah schedule every Thursday via Kano until the issue of biometric , which is now a requirement, is resolved", he assured.

(Credit: Abelnews)

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