Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Nepal seeks deal with India for flight inspection services

Airport and flight inspections have to be conducted every year, but Nepal has not been able to conduct the tests for the last two years due to Covid-19.

Nepal has asked the Airports Authority of India to provide periodic airport and flight inspection services for its airports.

On Monday, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal sent an official letter to the Indian state entity proposing to sign a long-term government-to-government deal as it wants to avoid being possibly forced into contracting unreliable companies amid the difficult times caused by Covid-19.

Raj Kumar Chhetri, officiating director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, told the Post that they had officially written to the Airports Authority of India after its proposal was approved by the board on Thursday.

“We have proposed signing a three-year contract. Once the Indian authority sends its response, we will sign the agreement,” said Chhetri, adding that they had planned to complete the periodic airport and flight inspection services of eight airports, including the upcoming international airport in Bhairahawa, by mid-December.

Radio communication infrastructure and air navigation aids of all airports need to be inspected after installation and before full operation. The air navigation aids that are in service need to be regularly inspected according to International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards and requirements to ensure safety and continuously accurate operational performance.

26/10/21 Sangam Prasain/Kathmandu Post

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