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UK Authorities Raise Safety Concerns About Air Peace’s London Route

UK Authorities Raise Safety Concerns About Air Peace's London Route

The United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority (UKCAA) has reported Nigerian airline, Air Peace, to Nigeria’s Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), alleging violations of aviation safety regulations.

Air Peace recently launched its Lagos-London route to Gatwick Airport under the Bilateral Air Services Agreement between Nigeria and the UK. Since then, ticket prices on the route have dropped significantly.

However, there have been concerns, including allegations of withholding winter slots and operational interference by Gatwick Airport aimed at disrupting Air Peace’s operations.

Over the weekend, the UKCAA sent two mandatory occurrence reports on Air Peace to the NCAA. The reports were titled ‘United Kingdom SAFA Ramp Inspection Report’ and ‘NATS Management System Safety Report’.

The NCAA has requested Air Peace to provide clarification on the issues raised by the UK regulator.

The letter, with reference number: NCAA/DOLTS/APL/Vol.11/03624 was titled, ‘United Kingdom SAFA Ramp Inspection Report’. It was dated May 14, 2024, and signed by the NCAA General Manager of Operations, Capt. O.O. Lawani.

In the letter, the NCAA said the UK CAA had called its attention to the ‘no operational approval’ of Electronic Flight Bag functions affecting the safe operation of the aircraft, while adding that the captain of the flight admitted that an Electronic Flight Bag was being used for navigational purposes.

NCAA further noted that the UK CAA stated in one of its letters that there was “no mounting device for the use of EFB, no charging points or battery for backup.”

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