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KATHMANDU: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai has directed the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) not to implement its recent decision to issue ‘self ground-handling’ permit to the Himalaya Airlines.
The direction from Minister Bhattarai comes at a time when the decision to issue such permit to the Himalaya Airlines is facing widespread criticism.
Summoning the director general of CAAN today, Bhattarai also asked the authority to study financial and technical ability of Himalaya Airlines to carryout the self ground-handling of its aircraft.
Earlier on September 25, Himalaya Airlines had acquired the ‘self ground-handling’ permit at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) from CAAN.
Prior to this, only Thai Airways and Air India had acquired such permit from the government. Nepal Airlines has been undertaking the ground handling responsibility of other airlines at the TIA.
Himalaya Airlines, which started international flights from Nepal in 2016, had applied for the self ground-handling permit at CAAN a few months ago.
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