KATHMANDU: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Jeevan Bahadur Shahi, today claimed that a message has gone into the international community that air travel in Nepal was safe.
Returning home from the 39th session of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) General Assembly, Minister Shahi said he was successful in uprooting the illusion.
Although the European Union (EU) has listed Nepal’s air safety standards as unsafe, the ICAO representatives were of the view that the problem was not so big, but rather resolving the smaller issues could boost the safety of air travel in Nepal, Minister Shahi added.
“The air safety in other countries is much weaker than ours, but there are no safety concerns over them,” the Minister said.
Minister Shahi also relayed the positive thoughts coming from the ICAO member states on the possibilities of tourism in Nepal.
The Minister had left for Canada to take part in the ICAO Assembly on September 25 along with a delegation including the civil aviation sector’s technical team.
Nepal presses for removal from blacklist
Meanwhile, Nepal has raised a clamour to delist the Nepali airlines from the European Commission’s blacklist, which imposes restrictions on the airlines from travelling to the European Union bloc.
During the 39th Session of ICAO General Assembly, Nepal appealed for removal from the list reasoning that it had already addressed necessary issues, said the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) General Manager, Devananda Upadhyaya.
In 2013, Nepal was included into the EU’s blacklist after ICAO expressed its objection on all eight ‘critical elements’ on Nepal’s air safety.RSS