International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that Medview Airline has obtained the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certification, This means the airline has passed through the stringent criteria to show its high level of compliance to safety.
Making the announcement recently was IATA’s Regional Manager, South West Africa, Mr Samson Fatokun at the airline’s headquarters in Lagos stating that ‘’Medview has fulfilled all the conditions and met all the requirements for it to be given IOSA certificate.’’
Fatokun, who explained the entire process, said, “African states met in 2013 and pegged 2017 as deadline to get all member states airlines to be IOSA certified. IATA rolled out a safety programme for airlines to ensure that African airlines get on the IOSA registry to take the airlines on a stringent process to help increase their safety.”
“Medview has successfully completed requirements to be on the IOSA registry, I congratulate you on this important feat. It is good to be on the IOSA registry but it is more important to stay there. Every two years, the airline (Medview) goes through reevaluation, it is a continuous process.”
“We would like you to take full advantage of being on the IOSA registry, as your passengers would have confidence that you are IOSA compliant, it also gives you an opportunity to be a member of IATA, this IOSA certification is the most critical component for IATA membership,” Fatokun said.
Fatokun also enjoined Medview to embark on the Enhanced IOSA (E-IOSA) saying that with time Medview would get used to that process and it would help the airline improve further on its safety programmes.
“E-IOSA is a step above IOSA based on quality assurance with the quality assurance been done and reported on a daily basis by the airline and it makes us monitor the quality assurance of the airline on a daily basis through operations expanding the airlines coast and enabling them to be on their toes.”
While responding to the certification, the Managing Director of the airline, Alhaji Muneer Bankole said it has been a team work and that he dedicates the certification to the entire staff.
According to him, Etihad’s management had had discussions with his airline in the recent past on interline agreements and had asked if we had IOSA certification.
‘’We had explained then that the airline was in the process but I thank God today that has become a reality,’’ he said..
“ I am proud to say that among all the airlines we are one of those most compliant in terms of safety and after going through this process for the last two years I can tell you it wasn’t a child’s play, with a lot of external auditing, checking of books, I want to thank my workforce, I dedicate this to the entire workforce.”
“This certification we have received today, we will maintain it, it is a wonderful exercise that you (IATA) have given airline business to enable passengers have that comfort that they are safe. “
With this, Medview has joined the troubled Aero Contractors, Arik Air, Overland Airways and Allied Air which are also IOSA certified.