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European Commission continues ban on Nepali airlines

The European Commission (EC) would continue to impose a ban on Nepali airlines through an updated “EU safety list.”

This is the list of non-European airlines that have not met the international safety standards and would be subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union.

The original ban – that kept Nepali carriers from flying into the 28-nation bloc – was handed down in December 2013.

The EU air safety list looks to guarantee the highest level of air safety for European residents, which is a top priority of the Commission’s Aviation Strategy.

Only one airline, Avior Airlines (Venezuela), was added to the list, while two others—Mustique Airways (St Vincent and the Grenadines) and Urga (Ukraine)—were removed after showing safety improvements.

“Our objective is to offer the highest level of safety in European skies. The EU’s Air Safety List remains one of our most effective tools to achieve this,” said European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc in a statement.

“Today we are showing that with our help, airlines can be quickly removed from the list when they tackle their safety issues.”

On August 3, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) had forwarded a report on the improvements it had made in the aviation sector to the EC. This was to appeal to the organization to lift the ban on Nepali airlines.

The EC has pinpointed deficiencies in three areas—lapses in the revalidation of the air operators’ certificate, training and licensing and CAAN’s institutional capacity.

On July 21, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) took away the significant safety concerns (SSC) tag it had placed on Nepal four years ago.

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