Friday, June 15, 2018

Breakthrough expected in Nepal-India air route talks

Kathmandu: The eagerly awaited Nepal-India air routes talks started in Kathmandu on Thursday, raising hopes that cross-border airspace issues that have been pending for the last five years will be sorted out. “Discussions are going on. We expect some positive outcomes by Friday,” said a participant in the bilateral talks.
The six-member Indian technical delegation is led by Anil Kumar Dutta, member of Air Navigation Services and board member of the Airport Authority of India (AAI) while Narendra Bahadur Thapa, deputy director general of Air Navigation Services Directorate of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (Caan), is leading the Nepali team.
Thursday’s talks ended at 3 pm after which the AAI made several presentations on satellite-based navigation system focusing on the need for strengthening regional airspace cooperation.
Nepal’s agenda for the technical panel discussion includes bidirectional routes or entry or exit points from Janakpur in the eastern, Nepalgunj in the mid-western and Mahendranagar in the far western regions, according to Caan officials.
Nepal formally asked India to open the new cross-border air routes during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Kathmandu in 2014. The proposed bidirectional routes will facilitate the operation of international flights from Bhairahawa, Pokhara and Nijgadh airports.
15/06/18 Kathmandu Post