Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Indian side proposes March-end, early-April meeting on air routes

Kathmandu: India has proposed March-end or early-April for Nepal-India Joint Technical Committee meeting on air routes after the meeting failed to convene in the first week of February, proposed previously, amid controversy over India’s proposal to allow overnight stay for in-flight security officer, popularly known as “air marshal”.

After the controversy ensued in Nepal, India had not responded to calls to fix a date for the meeting.

The first meeting was held in New Delhi last December in which India had proposed allowing overnight stay for in-flight security officer.

This time, as per the proposal, the meeting will be held in Kolkata.

However, before the meeting, Nepali officials will meet officials of the Airport Authority of India in the first week of March in New Delhi for the safety assessment of the Kathmandu-Mahendranagar-Delhi (L626) route which India had agreed to develop as a bi-directional route—a route that would facilitate two-way movement of traffic in the air.
21/02/17 Kathmandu Post