There have been a number of announcements from different unions representing employees affiliated with the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) about their protest programmes against two bills that propose splitting the CAAN into two separate entities: an air service provider and a regulatory body.
The National Assembly recently passed a bill that would have divided CAAN, prompting the employees’ union to make their protest plan public. However, the law has not yet been passed by the House of Representatives.
Employees of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) have stated that the bill is against the national interest as a whole and could raise serious questions about aviation security. They also claim that the bill was introduced in an unplanned manner in order to increase the cost of air travel by handing over the Tribhuvan International Airport to the private sector.