Government to allow open competition for international flight license

24th Jul, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, July 24: The government has decided to allow license for international flights to airlines through open competition. It will be amending its international flight policy and release a public notice for application. The notice is expected to make it easier for domestic airlines prepared for international flights to apply for flight license.

Shree Airlines has already applied for international flights citing its experience in international helicopter flights for UN missions. The Ministry of Aviation has not given permission the airline permission for international flights saying that the prior permit was only for helicopter flights and not for fixed-wing aircraft.

A domestic airline has to have 5 years of experience in order to conduct international flights. If the government amends its existing policies to allow open competition then it will open the way for Shree Airlines to gain permit for international flights.

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has started amendment procedure for license fees of airline companies, investment capital, and other policies. Joint Secretary at the ministry, Suresh Acharya, said that the ministry has been allowing permits on the basis of conditions in the existing laws which have already been outdated. For this reason, it is amending the policies for the future.

"The work procedure provided by the ministers' council is outdated. The investment capital was stated at 200 million rupees and it has stayed the same 20 years later," Acharya said. He informed that procedures related to the survey of airline companies and development will also be updated. The draft for the updated policies have already reached the ministers' council.