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Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal to present progress report to European Union

A team from the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal is headed to Brussels to report on the state of progress that is being made by the country’s aviation sector during a European Union meeting. It can be recalled that the EU placed Nepal on the blacklist during a meeting held late last year. According to the Chief of Airways Safety Department, Rajan Pokharel, a team led by Director General, Sanjib …

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COSCAP-South Asia gathers to tackle aviation safety goal of the region

The 26th Steering Committee Meeting of the Cooperative Development of Operational Safety and Continuing Airworthiness Program (COSCAP-South Asia) began with the goal of achieving the shared safety goal of the region. The aviation safety regulators of Nepal along with other South Asian nations are trying to resolve issues such as congested passenger traffic, and quality manpower and technology, which are making hard to deal with safety problems. In a bid …

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Nepal: CAAN to be divided into two autonomous entities

Nepal’s civil aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), is to be divided into two autonomous bodies. Preparations are already underway to make the current CAAN into two entities – one being a regulatory body and the other tasked with the development of the civil aviation infrastructure. Maheshwar Neupane, the Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, explained that the reason behind the move is …

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Nepal: Requirements for domestic airlines to operate international flights to be relaxed

Nepal’s Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation announced that work is underway to loosen up the requirements needed for domestic carriers’ license to operate flights to foreign countries. The development was kick started when Shree Airlines applied for a license to start international services. Under existing rules, domestic operators need to have five years of domestic flying experience and three aircraft in their fleet in order to qualify to …

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European Commission asks Nepal’s CAA to shed light on steps being taken to address safety issues

The European Commission (EC) has issued an invitation to officials of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) to Brussels, Belgium next month to shed light on the steps they have taken to address safety issues. The invitation comes less than a week after the EC handed down a decision to uphold the ban on Nepali carriers. Last week, the EC released an updated European Union air safety list of …

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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. …

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Nepal’s aviation safety issues to be discussed at European Commission meeting

Nepal’s aviation safety issues will be the subject of discussions at the Aviation Safety Committee meeting of the European Council (EC) on November 13-15 in the Belgian capital of Brussels. To be examined at the meet is the progress made by the country’s airlines and its civil aviation authority. According to Rajan Pokhrel, the Deputy Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), the EC had let them …

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Nepal: Civil Aviation Bill sent to Law Ministry for review

The Tourism Ministry has forwarded a draft of the Integrated Civil Aviation Bill to the Law Ministry for its inputs, almost a year after a government committee wrote it. The proposal wants to split the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) into two separate entities: regulator and service provider. Alok Chandra Shrestha, Chief of the Tourism Ministry’s legal division, said that the draft was directed to the Law Ministry last …

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Nepal to sign bilateral Air Service Agreements with Turkey and UAE

Nepal’s Civil Aviation Ministry is getting set to sign bilateral Air Service Agreements (ASAs) with Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, pending the approval of the Cabinet. A proposal was sent by the Ministry to the Cabinet to finalize the deal. They are also preparing to forward another proposal to sign an ASA with Australia. “These three air agreements are expected to be signed after the second phase of provincial …

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Nepal requests Chinese government to allow airline to operate from Beijing and Guangzhou airports

The Nepalese government has asked the Chinese government to permit Himalaya Airlines to operate flights to and from major international airports in Beijing and Guangzhou. Officials of the Civil Aviation Ministry have indicated that they have already penned a letter to the Chinese government a couple of weeks ago, requesting Himalaya to be allowed landing permits at key aviation hubs in China. Although Himalaya Airlines is a joint venture between …

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