Nepal, India to hold talks on opening up new air routes

Nepal and India will hold high-level talks next week to discuss the possibilities of opening up new air routes between the two countries, including one from Janakpur, a major city of religious and historical importance.

The issue of new air routes was one of the agendas during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s state visit to Nepal last month.

A technical team from the Airports Authority of India (AAI) will arrive here to discuss cross-border airspace issues that have been pending for a few years, an official at the Civil Aviation Association of Nepal (CAAN) said.

The meeting of Nepal-India joint technical team will take place here next week to discuss the possibilities of opening new air routes between the two countries, authorities said.

Anil Kumar Dutta, member of Air Navigation Services and board member of the AAI, will be heading the Indian team during the talks.

The two sides will discuss three key cross-border routes that Nepal has sought from India to expand its international air routes: Janakpur in the South, Nepalgunj in the mid-western and Mahendranagar in the far western regions.

Modi visited the famed 20th century Janaki temple in Janakpur and offered special prayers on May 11.

“If the MoU is signed during this meeting, it will open the door for both sides to conduct a safety assessment of the proposed routes soon,” the official added.

According to the report, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit two-day state visit to Nepal on May 11, the issue of new air routes was on the agenda. Nepal has been pushing the agenda of expanding cross-border air routes for the past nine years, the report said.

Source: ANI

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