Cosmic Air planes to fly again

Kathmandu, May 29:

The Supreme Court yesterday issued a stay order to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), barring the latter from continuing to ground two aircraft of the Cosmic Air. The airliner is now preparing to bring the two planes back into operation.

The single bench of justice Rajendra Kumar Bhandari in its stay order barred CAAN from implementing its letter to Cosmic Air that demanded the airliner ground its Fokker planes.

“We will now bring the two aircraft into operation after their inspection,” Upendra Karki, marketing director of Cosmic Air, told this daily. The airline received SC’s written order today, he said.

The CAAN, however, said it was yet to receive a formal notice from the SC, a high ranking CAAN official said.

The CAAN had earlier grounded Cosmic Air’s two Fokkers on May 18 citing breach of agreement between leasing companies and the airliner. Cosmic Air, in turn, blamed CAAN of grounding its planes without any good reason.