ICAO and MoCTCA discussing progress of Nepal’s Air Safety; might exit the black list by November

Team from Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation led by Hon. Minister Rabindra Adhikari and International Civil Aviation organization (ICAO) team held a meeting on October 4 about progress made by Nepal’s aviation sector.

In the meeting ICAO former Secretary General Mr. Raymond Benjamin, Airbus Sr. Vice-President (Safety) Mr. Yannick Malinge and team were present and had expressed happiness over improved aviation status of Nepal stated the minister. Minister Adhikari also urged the representative to take necessary steps to remove Nepal’s mane from Air safety Black list of European Union (EU).

In the meeting that was held in Singha Durbar, Minister Adhikari expressed problem faced by Nepal for being in Blacklist of EU though most of the aircraft that operate in Nepal are manufactured in European countries.

Minister also expressed grief of not being able to operate to countries like Japan and Australia for being in EU blacklist. Team of ICAO has assured to remove Nepal from EU blacklist as they were pleased by improvement seen in Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN).

There is possibility of Nepal being removed from EU blacklist by November and CAAN and National flag carrier Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) are working on it.

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