EU to review ban on Nepal's aircrafts

  EU to review ban on Nepal
# 12 December 2013 20:20 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. A week after banning all Nepali aircrafts from entering European skies, the European Commission ( EC) has hinted at showing some flexibility following the criticism over its decision from all quarters, including the Nepali government, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

The regulator of Nepal's aviation sector on Thursday claimed that the EC has been trying to review its recent decision.

The EC, sending a letter to Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal ( CAAN), said it will send a team of experts to judge the real air safety situation of CAAN and other private air-service providing companies.

"We received a letter from EC on Tuesday in which it has said to send a team to Nepal to get the first hand information on the initiatives we have been making to enhance Nepal's air safety situation," CAAN Director General Ratish Chandra Lal Suman told Xinhua on Thursday.

He said his organization will soon fix a date to call the EC team after holding talks with government and private sector aviation service providers.

In a statement last Thursday, the EC had put all of Nepali air carriers on the European Union's air-safety list, a move that will effectively bar Nepali planes from flying into European countries.

The Nepali government along with CAAN and other private sector players had been criticizing the EC's move, terming it to be an " inappropriate" and "surprising" move, stating that the decision was made at a time when the country had been doing much to improve Nepal's air safety.

"The team will inspect the situation of air safety of all airlines companies, both private and government," added Suman.

CAAN officials said during the inspection, if the EC finds the air safety situation of any company unsatisfactory, it will continue the ban on them, while the ban will be rolled back on those companies whose safety situation is satisfactory.

They also said after the EC finally decides whether to continue the ban or roll it back, it will also introduce a separate project for Nepal to help the country strengthen its air safety. The European team will firstly inspect air safety measures adopted by CAAN and will spend each day to judge the air safety of private companies.

After assembling the facts about the Nepal's air safety situation from different sources and hearing the responses from the Nepal government officials in regards to the recent EC's move, the EC has shown flexibility to get the real picture of Nepal's air safety.

On Tuesday, Nepal's Aviation Ministry had also announced to make diplomatic efforts to persuade the EC to revoke its recent decision. However, following the EC's letter, the ministry has not mentioned anything about going ahead with its plan or to revoke it.

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