Nepal fears for tourism after EU airline ban
KATHMANDU (AFP) - Nepal expressed fears Friday for its tourism industry after the European Union blacklisted its airlines due to safety concerns.
EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas announced on Thursday that the bloc had placed all of Nepal's airlines on its safety blacklist, banning them from flying to the EU, saying their safety record "does not leave us any other choice".
"This is very unfortunate. This will damage our tourism industry," said Mr Mohan Krishna Sapkota, spokesman for the tourism and civil aviation ministry.
"In our meetings with the European Union officials, we had assured that we were working on maintaining safety standards. In the past several months, we have prepared safety manuals and monitored our airlines regularly," he said.