An interaction program among Airline pilots, CAAN (Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal) Officials and MoCTCA (Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation) Officials was conducted in the presence of Hon. Minister Mr. Rabindra Adhikari, Secretary Mr. Krishna Prasad Devkota and Director General of Civil Aviation Mr. Sanjiv Gautam on aviation safety issues yesterday at the CAAN head office, Babarmahal.
The program was specially conducted in aim of reforming aviation sector of Nepal with enhancement especially in aviation safety and management. The presentations on air transport of Nepal and other topics related to the aviation industry of Nepal was discussed at the meet.
European Commission (EC) has been banning Nepali Airline operators pointing out the issues in air operating certificate, training and licensing, safety issues and CAAN’s institutional capacity.
Recently, Minister Adhikari received the Council President Award at ICAO headquarter, Montreal, Canada in recognition of Nepal’s achievement in resolving its safety oversight deficiencies and significantly improving its effective implementation of ICAO safety standards and policies. CAAN has already dispatched some reports on progress made by Nepali aviation to the European Commission (EC) for discussing the aviation safety issues of Nepal in a meet at Brussels, Belgium last November.
Minister Adhikari said that they are pretty sure about the EU lifting ban on Nepali carriers within 3 months as ICAO has already removed from the Significant Safety Concern (SSC) list. Team from EU is set to arrive Nepal on September this year for the assessment of the progress made by the aviation industry of Nepal and also discuss the probability of lifting the long run ban on Nepali carriers. The government of Nepal is expecting positive decision from EC this time.