The government has prepared an air service agreement with Australia. Bilateral discussions are underway between Nepal and Australia during the 40th Conference of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), scheduled to begin in Canada next week.
The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation informed that the agreement is to be agreed on the same occasion. A team led by Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai is leaving Canada on September 22nd to attend the conference, which runs from September 24 to October 4.
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), conference is held at least once every 3 years. The conference, which represents the ICAO’s 113 member states, will work to set global policies for the next three years.
Nepal has so far signed an air service agreement with 39 countries. Although the Nepal Airlines Corporation has brought Australia on the list of flights by bringing a widebody ship, the process has not been initiated as there is no air service agreement. A long-standing negotiation with Australia has been underway.
According to the source, Australia Nepal will be the 40th country to sign an airline agreement in Canada. Australia is trying to make Nepal a transit and fly to a third country. In the past, Nepal could not accept the condition when there was not enough airport infrastructure. As the Gautam Buddha International Airport is in the final phase of construction in Bhairahawa, Nepal is in a position to accept Australia.