The European Commission (EC) has refused to remove Nepali airlines from its air safety list yet again, owing to the lack of safety oversight by the aviation authority.
A meeting of the European Union's Air Safety Committee, which took place from 10 to 11 November 2022 in Brussels, Belgium, decided to keep Nepal on the air safety list for the time being.
The meeting made the review on the progress made by Nepal in terms of aviation safety.
With EC's decision to keep ban on the Nepali airline companies, airline operators are barred from flying their planes across Europe.
Nepal is on the EC's air safety list since 2013. In an updated air safety list by the EC, a total of 91 air carriers including Nepal's 20 airlines have been included.
The EU Air Safety Committee meeting had taken place to update the list of air carriers on which the European Commission has imposed an operating ban under Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005. On 23 November, the European Commission formally adopted the Regulation, establishing the latest version of the 'EU Air Safety List', a list of air carriers, which are subject to an operating ban within the European Union, according to a press release issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal and EU Delegation to Nepal.
"The situation in Nepal, as well as the situation of the air carriers certified in Nepal, was examined during this meeting," read a press release.
The meeting, in particular, made the review on a new Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) Regulation on the functional separation of CAAN's regulatory and service provider roles.
"Now, the implementation of this new regulation, as well as progress in aligning CAAN's safety oversight capacity with the relevant international safety standards, must be verified through an EU on-site assessment visit to Nepal," read the press release.
According to the CAAN, the European Commission has intended to carry out, with the assistance of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency ("EASA') and the support of Member States, this visit to Nepal in the coming months.
"The European Commission will continue to work closely with the CAAN in order to assist, where possible, in Nepal's efforts to improve the aviation safety situation in the country, whilst at the same time ensuring that any potential safety risks to the travelling public are contained," the press release further said.