KATHMANDU, Sept 28 : Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai has directed the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal to reconsider the license of self-ground handling for the Himalaya Airlines.
Calling for a meeting with CAAN officials on Sunday, Minister Bhattarai directed the officials not to implement the decision right away and properly study whether the companies currently allowed for self-ground handling meet the criteria.
The CAAN had permitted Himalaya Airlines self-ground handling at the Tribhuvan International Airport. According to CAAN, the airline had applied for a permit on March 20 and its meeting of September 13 decided to provide the company with the permit on the basis of its compliance with the criteria set by CAAN for ground handling.
Currently, the national flag carrier is entitled to provide commercial ground handling service in Nepal. It has been providing the service to 25 international airlines operating flights to and from Nepal. Other than that, only Air India and Thai Airways have been provided with self-ground handling permits.