Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal renewed the aerodrome certificate to Tribhuvan International Airport, the country’so only international airport.
According to the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP)-Nepal, the aerodrome certificate with one-year validity until 2019 was renewed on 03 May 2018 with the Aerodrome Reference point (ARP): 27°41’49.121″N 085°21’28.527″E.
The prevailing standard of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on aerodromes requires an aerodrome allowing international operations to possess an aerodrome certificate that signifies to aircraft operators and other organisations operating at the aerodrome, that at the time of certification, the aerodrome has met the specifications regarding the facility and its operation, and that it has, according to the certifying authority, the capability to maintain these specifications for the period of validity of the certificate.
CAAN, the sole aerodrome as well as air navigation services provider continues to shortchange its customer’s airlines as well as the travelling public with its persistent double standards.
The airport once on May, 2016 had operated under an expired certificate for over two weeks.
“Besides, the renewal of the aerodrome certificate to Tribhuvan International Airport, without an adequately staffed regulatory department, will only make a mockery of the prevailing state of safety oversight by CAAN,” an airport official added.