Kathmandu, January 30
The Cabinet meeting held on Monday has granted permission to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) to table a bill to split the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) at the Federal Parliament.
The Cabinet has allowed MoCTCA to table the CAAN (establishment and management) Bill and Nepal Aviation Service (establishment and service) Bill to the Parliament.
Following the Cabinet’s approval, CAAN will split be into two different entities — a regulatory body and an air navigation service provider.
In 2012, the government had formally announced that CAAN would be divided into two separate autonomous entities.
The government has said the split will improve CAAN’s regulatory mechanism and also aid in developing civil aviation infrastructure of the country.
On, September 23, 2018, the Cabinet had given its go-ahead for splitting CAAN. Since then, MoCTCA had been working with Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs for necessary changes in the legal provisions.
CAAN was established 22 years ago and it has its own Civil Aviation Act. As per the act, it has been working on aviation services and safety, air transport and surveillance,