KATHMANDU, Oct 15: The Airlines Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN) has warned of suspending all flights to and from Janakpur, "if the government fails to ensure safety of the airlines." The AOAN has given a week's deadline to investigate the matter and take action against the accused.
The warning from the umbrella body of airlines comes after Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) lawmaker Pramod Sah vandalized a counter and VIP area of Buddha Air at Janakpur Airport saying that the flight was delayed. The lawmaker vandalized the counter and VIP lounge when the airlines staffers informed that the flight was delayed due to air traffic congestion.
“The Association gives a week to investigate the matter and book the accused,” states a press statement issued by the AOAN President Captain Rameshwar Thapa, adding, “If action is not taken, we will be forced to halt all flights to and from Janakpur for safety reason.”
Dismayed by the unruly behavior of lawmaker Sah, the airline had refused to fly him. But the airline later allowed him to travel after he apologized.
Even as the airline company allowed the lawmaker to travel on humanitarian ground, the airline operators' body has warned of suspending all flights to and from Janakpur provided the government fails to book the accused involved in vandalizing the airline's counter.