Monday, October 08, 2018

CAAN team to visit Delhi to resume talks

Kathmandu: A technical delegation from the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) is scheduled to visit the Indian capital of New Delhi on Thursday to continue the air routes talks started last June. According to CAAN officials, a five-member team led by Deepak Baral, director of air traffic management at CAAN, will hold discussions with officials of the Airport Authority of India (AAI) regarding two vital air routes: Nepalgunj in the midwest and Mahendranagar in the far west.

Last June, India agreed to open four new air entry points to Nepal in the eastern and western parts of the country to facilitate movement of international traffic, but two ‘vital entry points’ remained on hold due to technical issues. The four routes that India agreed to make bidirectional or two-way are Kathmandu-Biratnagar-Dhaka, Kathmandu-Janakpur-Kolkata and Kathmandu-Janakpur-Patna in the eastern part of Nepal, and Kathmandu-Mahendranagar-Delhi (L626) in the west.

With regard to Nepal’s request for entry from the L626 route in Mahendranagar for high-level flights (flights above 24,000 feet) and another entry point from Nepalgunj, India said it would make further examinations by September. “The Indian team is expected to inform the Nepali team about the possibility of opening these routes, their safety assessment and other issues that need to be sorted out jointly,” said a CAAN official. “However, we don’t think all the issues will be resolved in one or two meetings.”
08/10/18 ekantipur

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