European Commission to hold talks over safety of Nepali skies


8th Nov, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew


KATHMANDU, Nov. 8: The European Commission (EC) will be discussing the aviation safety issues of Nepal in a meet at Brussels, Belgium. The aviation safety committee of EC will analyze the progress made by the airline operators and Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) on November 13-15.

EC has informed CAAN about the Nepal’s agenda being entered at the safety committee meeting. No representatives from airlines or CAAN have been invited. The meeting will recheck the Nepal’s aviation safety practices which could lift Nepal from air safety list.

Nepali aviation got rid of red safety tag from ICAO however; blacklisting from European Union (EU) is yet to be removed. As per CAAN, they are working deliberately to address the safety concern raised by EU so that the Nepalese aviation can be freed from the ban as soon as possible. For this, the Nepali Aviation must go through various challenges such as sustainability, implementation of state safety program and institutional reform of civil aviation system.

CAAN had sent some reports on progress made by the Nepali aviation to the European Commission however, EC has not lifted ban on Nepali Airline operators pointing out the issues in air operating certificate, training and licensing and CAAN’s institutional capacity.

Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) sacked DG Sanjeev Gautam reasoning his ineffectiveness in progress of airport projects. So, the absence of DG has been affecting the stability of the institution.

The two-member experts from ICAO along with officials from Flight Safety Department of Nepal executed the aviation safety audit in Nepal from 4th to 11th July, 2017 and the preliminary report dispatched by ICAO was received by CAAN.

The audit was carried out mainly on four areas namely legislation, organization, flight operation and airworthiness. The ICVM team visited the facility of Nepal Airlines Corporation and Himalaya Airlines for the detail reporting of significant safety concerns.

As per the report, the aviation industry of Nepal is delighted to know that the significant safety concern (SSC) issued to Nepal during ICVM in July 2013 has been resolved.