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Susheel Bhattarai

Bhattarai is a senior correspondent and is associated with Nagarik Nepali National Daily, a sister publication of Republica English National Daily since April, 2009. He reports and writes on aviation, travel, tourism and mountaineering issues. Twitter: @sushbhattarai
sushbhattarai@gmail.com

Buddha Air starting Kolkata flights from September

January 12, 2018 08:50 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 12: Domestic carrier Buddha Air has announced plans to start direct flights between Kathmandu and Kolkata, India.

Rs 1 billion needed to replace engine of Airbus A320 aircraft

January 11, 2018 07:52 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 11: Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) will have to fork out Rs 1 billion to repair one engine of its grounded Airbus A320-200 aircraft.

Air Asia X defaults on its promise to pay its dues

January 9, 2018 08:17 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 9: Air Asia X, which had promised to pay Rs 100 million it owed to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), paid only Rs 13 million on Monday.

Air Asia X pays Rs 20m to CAAN, yet to pay Rs 210m

January 8, 2018 08:22 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 8: After repeated follow up, Malaysia-based Air Asia X has paid Rs 20 million of the total Rs 230 million it owes to the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) in various services including passengers service charge, airport development fee, landing, parking and the fees involving the use of navigational equipment.

Minister Dev renews bid to remove CAAN's DG Gautam

January 3, 2018 06:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Jan 3: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Jitendra Narayan Dev has again started lobbying to remove Sanjiv Gautam from the position of director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN).

Dozens of airlines yet to pay TIA Rs 1.35b

December 26, 2017 08:39 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 26: Around a dozen international airlines operating flights to Nepal owe the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) around Rs 1.35 billion in various services including passengers service charge, air development fee, landing, parking and the fees involving the use of navigational equipment.

NAC makes mockery of currency law for pilots

December 22, 2017 05:45 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 22: Anecdote 1- Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) fired Captain Ramesh Upadhyaya after he was found carrying a few wrist watches while landing at Tribhuvan International Airport four decades ago. He was accused of smuggling the watches.

NAC to send ‘smuggler’ pilot for training abroad

December 19, 2017 10:05 AM

KATHMANDU, Dec 18: The government has permitted Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) to send its senior pilot Captain Subarna Awale, who is being tried in the court on charge of foreign currency smuggling, for training in Singapore.

TIA asks airlines to settle their dues

December 1, 2017 11:55 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 30: Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Civil Aviation Office has issued a public notice, asking over two dozen international airlines and other businesses operating on the airport premises to pay their settle all their outstanding dues within mid-December.

Int'l airlines owe TIA Rs 2.5 billion for services

November 23, 2017 09:45 AM

KATHMANDU, Nov 23: Two dozen international airlines operating in Nepal have yet to pay around Rs 2.5 billion to  Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) for using various services at Nepal's only international airport.

Green Card holder NAC pilot Sherpa resigns

October 11, 2017 06:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Oct 11: US Green Card holder Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) pilot Aang Noori Sherpa has resigned his post.

Tourism minister steps back from decision to transfer Gautam

October 9, 2017 08:01 AM

KATHMANDU, Oct 8: Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has revoked its decision of transferring director general of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) Sanjiv Gautam to the ministry by relieving him of his position as the executive chief of the country’s aviation regulatory body, a source at the ministry said.

NAC decides to sack Canadian pilot Gabe

October 6, 2017 18:16 PM

KATHMANDU, Oct 6: The board of directors of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has decided to sack foreign pilot Gabriele Ascenzo-Gabe concluding that his service is no longer needed in the corporation.

EC stays Dev's decision to transfer CAAN DG

October 5, 2017 05:51 AM

KATHMANDU, Oct 5: Staying the decision of Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Jitendra Narayan Dev to transfer  Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) Sanjiv Gautam back to the ministry, the Election Commission (EC) has paved the way for him to continue in his present job.

EC seeks 24-hour clarifications from tourism ministry over DG transfer

September 27, 2017 04:00 AM

KATHMANDU, Sept 27: The Election Commission (EC) has sought clarifications within 24 hours from the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MOCTCA) over its decision to transfer Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) Sanjiv Gautam back to the ministry.

DG Gautam furnishes fresh clarification

September 26, 2017 07:26 AM

KATHMANDU, Sept 26 : Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), Sanjeev Gautam submitted a fresh clarification to Minister for Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation, Jitendra Narayan Dev on Monday, responding to the minister’s 24-hour clarification notice.

DG Gautam furnishes fresh clarification

September 26, 2017 02:53 AM

KATHMANDU, Sept 26: Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), Sanjeev Gautam submitted a fresh clarification to Minister for Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation, Jitendra Narayan Dev on Monday, responding to the minister's 24-hour clarification notice.

Minister, joint secy at odds over clarification content

September 25, 2017 06:51 AM

KATHMANDU, Sept 25: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Jitendra Narayan Dev and joint secretary at the ministry Suresh Acharya, are at odds over the content of the clarification sought from Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) Director General Sanjiv Gautam.

Minister Dev seeks 24-hour clarifications from CAAN chief

September 23, 2017 08:01 AM

KATHMANDU, Sept 22: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Jitendra Dev on Friday asked Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) Director General Sanjiv Gautam to furnish clarifications over his alleged failure to make Spanish firm Constructora San Jose SA deliver on its contract.

Minister in final rush to oust CAAN’s Gautam

September 22, 2017 06:47 AM

KATHMANDU, Sept 22: Determined to remove Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) Sanjiv Gautam, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Jitendra Dev has made final preparations to seek new clarifications from him within 24 hours.