EU Continues ban on Nepal airlines in European Sky
17th Dec, 2016 | Tourism Mail Crew
KATHMANDU: The European Union has continued the ban on Nepali airliners from the European skies for not complying with the European air safety standards.
The Air Safety List which was updated this week based on the decision of the EU Air Safety Committee (ASC) meeting consisting of experts from all EU countries, a statement of the European Commission said. According to the statement a total of 193 airlines are banned from the EU skies.
The European Commission updated the EU Air Safety List, the list of airlines that do not meet international safety standards, and are therefore subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union, the statement said.
The Air Safety List is based on the unanimous opinion of the safety experts from the Member States who met from 22 to 24 November within the EU Air Safety Committee (ASC).
"This Committee is chaired by the European Commission with the support of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)", it said adding "assessment is made against international safety standards, and notably the standards promulgated by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)".
Apart from Nepalese airlines, airlines from Afghanistan, Angola, Benin, Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eretria, Gabon, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Libya, Mozambique, Sierra Leone and Sudan have also been banned from flying into the European Union skies.
Nepal requested the EU to delist Nepalese airlines from European Union's blacklist but was unsuccessful. The EU banned Nepalese airlines from the European skies since Dec 5, 2013 as well as advised Europeans not to travel in aircraft registered in Nepal.
The ban comes as a blow to Nepalese airlines as Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) was making preparation to resume its service to London, Paris and Frankfort.
Sugat Ranta Tamrakar, managing director of (NAC), said the decision was unfortunate as Nepal had significantly improved its air safety measures.