Nepal finally out of ICAO’s SSC list

CAANCAAN says it will request EU to review its backlist

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has formally informed the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) that the significant safety concern (SSC) issued to Nepal by the ICAO Coordinated Validation Mission in July, 2013, has been resolved.

Organizing a press meet in Kathmandu on Friday, CAAN Director General Sanjiv Gautam said that SSC Validation Committee Meeting held at the ICAO Headquarters in Montreal on July 20 took the decision.

A team of ICAO’s experts had visited Nepal in the first week of July to study improvements made by Nepal in aviation safety.

Though ICAO’s safety concern has been addressed, Nepali airlines are still subjected to an operating ban within the airspace of the European Union. The European Commission placed restrictions on Nepali airline companies on December 25, 2013, after the ICAO designated SSC about the country’s aviation sector, stating that Nepal has not complied with ICAO protocols in eight critical elements including flight operations and aviation safety.

While ICAO has said that its safety concerns have been addressed by Nepal, it is still unknown whether the EU will remove Nepal from its backlist.

Gautam said in the press meet that the aviation sector regulator would now formally request the European Commission to review its backlist.

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