Nepal | October 22, 2020

MoCTCA stops Himalaya Airlines from using ground-handling licence

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:


The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has said that Himalaya Airlines which had been provided the licence for self ground-handling services will not be allowed to implement it for the time being.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) had recently provided the self ground-handling licence to the airline company.

However, during a meeting today with CAAN officials, Tourism Minister Yogesh Bhattarai has directed the authority not to allow Himalaya Airlines to implement that licence. The minister has also requested CAAN to conduct further study on the financial and technical status of the airline company.

CAAN had come under heavy criticism in the media for handing over the licence to Himalaya Airlines without completing the due legal procedures.

However, issuing a press statement, CAAN has claimed that Himalaya Airlines has completed all the legal procedures and that is the reason that the authority provided the licence to operate self ground-handling services to the company. However, the tourism minister has asked CAAN to stop the company from utilising the licence.

After receiving the licence, Himalaya Airlines would have been allowed to conduct all the activities related to ground-handling services. The ground-handling services include activities like taking passengers off the plane and vice versa, providing bus service to ferry them from the plane to the terminal building and vice versa, managing the baggage of passengers from the aircraft to the baggage retrieval area, ticketing and other services related to passengers.

Along with this, Minister Bhattarai has also directed CAAN to reassess the financial and technical status of other airline companies that have been provided the self ground-handling licence. Currently, Nepal Airlines Corporation has the authority to provide ground-handling services at Tribhuvan international Airport while among foreign airline companies, CAAN has provided the self ground-handling licence to Thai Air and Air India.

A version of this article appears in print on September 28, 2020 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Seven persons made public for murdering two police personnel in Kailali

DHANGADHI: Police have charged seven persons in connection with murder of two police personnel in Kailali district, on Tuesday. They were apprehended for murdering Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Govinda BK, In-charge of Jugeda temporary police beat, and police constable Ram Bahadur Saud. Polic Read More...

Pictures: Bouddhanath, which is usually overwhelmed by spectators, becomes one as an aircraft flies by

KATHMANDU, OCTOBER 21 An aircraft is pictured against the backdrop of Bouddhanath Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as it takes off from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on Tuesday. The Stupa was overwhelmed with spectators during pre-Covid times. Seen in another picture are two Read More...

US spacecraft touches asteroid surface for rare rubble grab

CAPE CANAVERAL: A NASA spacecraft descended to an asteroid Tuesday and, dodging boulders the size of buildings, momentarily touched the surface to collect a handful of cosmic rubble for return to Earth. It was a first for the United States — only Japan has scored asteroid samples. “Tou Read More...

Harry and Meghan decry 'crisis of hate' in social media

LOS ANGELES: Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, spoke on Tuesday about their campaign against social media negativity, with Harry warning of a “global crisis of hate” that was affecting people’s mental health. The couple, known officially as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, led an Read More...

No-confidence motion against Karnali chief minister to be withdrawn

KATHMANDU, OCTOBER 20 Co-chairs of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal today reached a four-point deal to settle intra-party dispute in Karnali Province which resulted in a no-trust motion against Chief Minister Mahendra Bahadur Shahi. According to Oli Read More...

UK to infect healthy volunteers in vaccine research trial

LONDON: Danica Marcos wants to be infected with COVID-19. While other people are wearing masks and staying home to avoid the disease, the 22-year-old Londoner has volunteered to contract the new coronavirus as part of a controversial study that hopes to speed development of a vaccine. Marcos a Read More...

Govt told to respect citizens’ right to health services

KATHMANDU, OCTOBER 20 The National Human Rights Commission has taken a serious note of the decision of the Government of Nepal to deny free medical treatment to COVID-19 patients and to hold concerned families responsible for managing the bodies of their members, who succumbed to the contagion. Read More...

Rashford strikes late as United sink PSG again

PARIS: Manchester United got their Champions League campaign underway in emphatic style when Marcus Rashford's late goal earned them a 2-1 victory at Paris St Germain on Tuesday, handing the French champions their first group-stage home defeat in 16 years. Rashford netted three minutes Read More...