CAAN desperate to relieve Nepal from EU ban list

Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has begun its step to eradicate Nepalese Airlines from the List of Air Carriers which are banned from operating within the union.

CAAN Director General, Mr. Sanjeev Gautam, released the information that a communication will be sent to the EU based on the progress report of CAAN.

“We will send a report in a day or two, but the decision will not be based on it only. The decision will be taken by the EU aviation safety committee meeting that will be held in coming November,” he said.

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Nepal will be delisting from the EU ban after a decision is taken by the safety committee that represents all 26 member countries. The EU had blacklisted the aviation sector of Nepal soon after the SSC was instated by the ICAO.

The European Commission has positioned Nepal prohibiting all 18 Nepali air carriers from flying into the EU as the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) botched to rectify safety inadequacies.

On February 16, 2017, Minister of Foreign affairs Dr. Prakash Sharan Mahat had requested European Union to release its ban on Nepali aviation during his visit to Belgium. The Foreign Minister co-ordinator Eak Raj Pathak also requested the release of ban for Nepali aviation during his official visit with Federica Mogherini, Vice President and High Representative of Foreign Affairs & Security Policy for EU on Wednesday. The European commission had restricted Nepalese Airline Companies under its airspace for the first time in December 5, 2013 after the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) listed the Nepalese airlines under its Significant Safety Concern (SSC) list.

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