Open skies Policy in talks between the Indian and Nepalese officials
November 16, 2016- KATHMANDU
India’s Civil Aviation Ministry has formally asked for Nepal’s view on holding talks to adopt an Open Skies policy as part of its new National Civil Aviation Policy that envisions allowing unlimited air traffic rights among all SAARC member countries.
India gave a national civil aviation policy on 17th of June opening up the skies to SAARC countries.
Nepali government officials said that they wanted to hold profound discussions with the stakeholders before commencing talks with India. Open Skies refers to bilateral air service agreements for conducting unlimited seats by elected airlines of the two countries.
Nepal chose a liberal sky policy in 1992, and from then it has been gradually following an Open Skies policy.
There has been constant debacle regarding the Indian airspace near the Gautam Buddha Airport. An agreement must take place so that some of the Indian airspaces which are compulsory for landing and take-off could be used for the operation of the airport and constant effort has been done.