EU technical team is positive about Nepal's air security

10, Oct 2022 |

According to IASA, the EU, which came to audit Nepal's aviation sector, gave a positive response to Nepal's overall air safety after a three-day audit.

There is a preliminary program to report to Nepal on October 28. After the report, the authority will respond to the issues pointed out.Iyasa's technical operations team conducted an audit of Nepal's aviation sector from October 21 to October 23. The audit was done by a three-member technical team.

In the audit report of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Nepal is said to have conducted the audit based on the fact that Nepal achieved above the global average, i.e. 70.1 percent air safety rate and air accident regulations have been passed by the Cabinet.

According to the authority, the technical team studied in eight areas including legislation, organisation, personal licensing, flight operation, air navigation, accident investigation, air navigation service, aerodrome, and ground aids.

The EU has kept Nepal on the 'Aviation Security List' for the past 10 years. Because of this, international airlines registered in Nepal have not been able to fly to Europe. Nepal Airlines Corporation (Nepal Airlines) and Himalaya Airlines are not allowed to fly in European skies, but European planes can use Nepalese skies easily.

Earlier, in 2013, ICAO had listed the Nepali Airlines as a serious security concern, indicating that there was an increased risk in Nepal's aviation security. Later in 2017, ICAO removed Nepal from the security list saying that it had made progress. Currently, the global air safety rating of the Asia Pacific region has reached 67.

ICAO regularly assesses the aviation safety status of its member countries under the global aviation safety supervision. According to the authority, the authority has also amended the regulations so as not to transfer employees in the regulatory and service-providing bodies. 

The EU was interested in dividing the authority into a regulator and a service provider. He clarified that since institutional division is not a prerequisite for the EU, there will be no institutional division.

"Iyasa's technical team has studied and discussed the progress made by Nepal in the field of air security. After the report comes, the authority will respond to the issues pointed out in the report and after submitting the final report to the EU, the decision to remove it from the security list will be finalised.” said Jagannath Niraula, spokesperson of the Authority.

 “The IASA team is satisfied with the technical studies conducted by the EU's technical team and the discussion with the authority.” He added._Rss

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