Thursday, November 17, 2016

India proposes resuming air services talks in Dec

Kathmandu: India has proposed resuming stalled air service talks with Nepal in the third week of December after Nepali officials abruptly postponed a meeting previously scheduled for October 20.

According to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, India’s Civil Aviation Ministry has said that they are ready to restart talks regarding air services between the two countries next month.

Nepal cancelled the previously scheduled meeting citing lack of preparation, and proposed to reschedule it for the third week of November.

“We have received a letter from the Indian side,” said Buddhi Sagar Lamichhane, joint secretary at the ministry and head of the air service agreement division. “A negotiation team will be formed as soon as the tourism minister and secretary return from their foreign trip.”

Nepal has proposed to review the airspace agreement with India to provide more cross-border entry and exit points for airlines. The accord has been gathering dust for years.

The Nepal government has requested India to provide three more air entry points in Janakpur, Bhairahawa and Nepalgunj.
17/11/16 Kathmandupost

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