Nepal’s airlines remain on EU’s blacklist

Kathmandu: Nepali aviation industry has once again failed to get off the blacklist of the European Union (EU). The EU updates the details of the ban every six months. On December 8, the EU released a list of banned airlines around the world.

According to the air safety list made public by the EU, all airlines in Nepal are banned. All the three companies licensed for international flights, including Nepal Airlines Corporation, Himalayan Airlines and Buddha Air, have been blacklisted.

In addition, all domestic airlines (regular flights and helicopter companies) have been banned, according to the EU’s latest security blacklist.

Nepali Airlines has been banned by the European Union since 2013.

The EU had issued a statement a few weeks ago positively approving the bill on the division of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal under consideration in the Parliament of Nepal. The bill was expected to be passed in the previous house of parliament by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation.

However, with the dissolution of parliament, the bill is unlikely to pass immediately. As a result, Nepal will remain on the European Union’s blacklist for at least six months.

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