Tuesday, May 15, 2018

More air entry routes from India sought

Kathmandu: Nepal and India have agreed to start a technical study to open four new air routes between the two countries within September. During the two-day state visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Nepal, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and his Indian counterpart agreed to finalise the technical study of opening air entry routes at Nepalgunj, Bhairahawa, Janakpur and Biratnagar.

The joint statement released by both the prime ministers includes the issue regarding opening more air routes. “Recognising the vibrant people to people contacts and friendly bilateral ties, the two prime ministers directed the respective officials to expand cooperation in civil aviation sector, including early technical discussion on additional air entry routes to Nepal by respective technical teams,” the statement reads.

Meanwhile, PM Oli during his address to the federal parliament today stated that the issues mentioned in the joint statement will be implemented as scheduled.

Point number seven in the joint statement which talks about the new air routes mentions that ‘The two prime ministers underlined the catalytic role of connectivity in stimulating economic growth and promoting movement of people. They agreed to take further steps to enhance the economic and physical connectivity by air, land, and water’.
13/05/18 Umesh Poudel/Himalayan Times