Lagos-based carrier, Medview Airline, has been issued the International Air Transport Association’s Operational Safety Audit.
With the certification, Medview joins other domestic airlines that have been endorsed such as Aero, Arik, Overland and Allied Air.
Industry sources said that the remaining domestic carriers had also commenced the process required by IATA to get its certification.
The IOSA is given to airlines that have complied with all safety regulations as recognised by the global aviation body.
Created by IATA in 2003, the operational safety audit programme is an internationally recognised and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of airlines.
The IOSA uses internationally recognised quality audit principles and is designed to conduct audits in a standardised and consistent manner, according to a statement by the airline.
The Regional Director, IATA, Dr. Samson Fatokun, said at the certificate presentation ceremony to Medview that the carrier had met the stringent conditions for the IOSA, and urged other carriers in the country to obtain the certificate.
He said, “The IOSA, became imperative for carriers after African leaders met and agreed that all carriers operating on the continent must be IOSA- compliant before 2017.
“If you check the IATA registry, you will find Medview Airline there. They worked for it. It is good to be there and it is more difficult to maintain it. Very soon, you will have to continue to renew it because we are moving to the E-IOSA.”
According to him, the E-IOSA is an expansion of the IOSA programme with focus on the continuous quality assurance of operational procedures and processes, and encompassing all IOSA disciplines.
He said the process involved regular internal assessments and the preparation of a conformance report.
“Qualified auditors and a standardised audit procedure are important prerequisite for this,” Fatokun said.
He added that Aviation Quality Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa Flight Training, had commenced qualifying prospective auditors according to the new standard, using tailored IOSA training.
“We want to commend Medview. This is commendable. We also want to ask you to take full advantage of the requirement of IOSA to be an IATA member. We plead you don’t come off the registry. It gives you the opportunity to be an IATA member,” he added.
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