Tourism Minister urges to allow Nepalese aircraft to fly in Europe in UK

6th Nov, 2019 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Nov 06: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai said that the discussion are being carried out with the European Union (EU) to allow Nepali aircraft to fly to Europe.

Speaking at the Aldershot in the UK on Sunday evening, Minister Bhattarai said that the Nepali government had also discussed this with representatives of EU member states in Nepal. Six years ago, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) had blacklisted the Nepalese airline, expressing serious concern over the security of the Nepalese airfield.

ICAO and the European Union have banned all airline services registered in Nepal to operate flights to the European Union member states. Speaking at a program organized by the UK branch of the Non-Resident Nepalese Federation, Minister Bhattarai said that efforts were being made to remove the sanctions by Nepalese organizations in the European nation.

Currently our aircraft are not allowed to cross the Black Sea. But all countries within the EU have gone wrong, and they need to be corrected, he said. He said he was confident that the ban will be removed soon. Nepalese aviation services were banned by the European Union in September 2012 after a Sita Air plane crashed after where 19 people had died, including seven British tourists, in Nepal.

We're using a plane built in Europe. But our prime minister asked why they are not allowed to fly aircraft to Europe, Bhattarai said. He claimed that Nepal Airlines Corporation bought wide body aircraft to fly to countries like Europe, Korea and Australia. We can bring our aircraft to Europe soon, he said.