Nepali airlines unable to gain flight permission to Australia due to EU restrictions

15th Aug, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Aug 15: Nepali airlines have been unable to gain flight permission to Australia due to the European Union. The EU has put Nepal in its aviation blacklist where it stays even after the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) had removed it from its blacklist. "ICAO, which is composed of 193/94 countries has already removed Nepal from its blacklist and provided us with the certificate," informed the minister of Civil Aviation, Rabindra Adhikari, "but the EU which is composed only of European countries has still not removed Nepal from its blacklist." He said that he is working on this issue seriously and corresponding through the Secretary of the Foreign Ministry.

EU representatives are arriving in Nepal next year for auditing the aviation  standards of the country, and Minister Adhikari is fully confident that the visit will result in Nepal being removed from the blacklist. The organization had prohibited Nepali airlines from flying in European airspace for the past few years due to Nepal being unable to fulfil its air safety standards.

The removal of the EU aviation blacklist is expected to provide a huge relief to the tourism sector of Nepal. The Tourism Ministry is making preparations to start flight networks to various European countries aiming for the tourism year of 2020.