Friday, 6th March 2015

CAAN hopeful EU will lift airline ban

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The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) is hopeful that the European Union's ban on Nepali planes in its member countries would be lifted soon.

A six-member team from the EU, under the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO),  studied the reform initiative of the CAAN in the aviation industry. The team had come to Nepal to monitor Nepal's air service after the EU cited the lack of credible air service security and blacklisted Nepali planes in its member countries. The team evaluated the capacity of CAAN, companies operating air service and the condition of aircrafts.

Director General at CAAN, Ratish Chandra Lal Suman, said that during the talks with the ICAO's team Nepal reiterated that it has highly prioritised the air security. He added that Nepal is committed to abide by the international air service security provisions and would bring reforms accordingly.

According to him, CAAN informed the international team that it has amended the Civil Aviation Regulation and other related provisions for effective air service.

The European Union (EU) had banned all airlines from Nepal from flying into the 28-nation bloc under the latest changes to a list of unsafe carriers in December. The Commission said it decided to impose the blanket ban on the basis of safety information from various sources and a hearing both with the Nepali aviation authorities as well as with a number of Nepali carriers.”