The European Commission is not taking the safety of its citizens and others for granted.

In line with this, it has barred a Nigerian carrier, Med-View Airline from operating in its airspace over safety concerns.

The airline is one of those under the EU Air Safety List Annex A, which have been banned from operating in Europe.

A total of 181 airlines were prevented from flying into Europe, with 174 airlines barred due to safety oversight by aviation authorities in their home countries.

The EU Air Safety List is a list of non-European airlines that do not meet international safety standards and are, therefore, subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union.

In the updated version, all carriers from Benin Republic and Mozambique were removed from the list, while four individual airlines, one each from Nigeria, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Ukraine and Zimbabwe, were added.

Med-View said in a statement signed by its Executive Director, Business Development and Commercials, Isiaq Na’Allah, on Thursday that the ban was not effected as its Lagos-London flight remained unaffected and that it had since been operating on the route with its wet-leased aircraft.

According to the airline, the ban falls under exception rule in EASA, Annex A, which states that air carriers listed in the annex can be permitted to exercise traffic rights by using wet-leased aircraft of an air carrier, which is not subject to an operating ban.