पर्यटन बजार१७ पुष २०७७, शुक्रबार मा प्रकाशित
January 1, Kathmandu.The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation is seen in favor of not taking away the ground handling service being provided by the Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC). The ministry is of the view that the ground handling permission of the Tribhuvan International Airport should not be taken away to save the corporation which is running at a loss of billions.
Speaking on the occasion of the 22nd anniversary of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) on Thursday, CAAN official trade union President Shrawan Kumar Yadav said that the ground handling of the corporation was not of good quality and the share of revenue was low.
“We talked to the NAC only yesterday about ground handling services. We said that the share should be reduced from 15 percent to 30 percent. They also said that they would discuss at least 20 percent and at most 25 percent, ‘Yadav said.
He cited the example of the Indian Airlines Corporation, which is sharing at least 32 per cent share from ground handling, saying, “The corporation’s job is to make a profit by flying ships.” So there is no need to feel sorry for the corporation. ‘ However, Secretary to the Ministry Yadav Koirala disagreed with his statement. Stating that the government of Nepal has given permission to the corporation to do ground handling to save the loss-making corporation, he warned CAAN not to consider it as a separate entity from the government of Nepal.
‘Naturally, both the Authority and the NAC are institutions of the Government of Nepal. How much profit or loss these two organizations made is a matter of concern to the Government of Nepal. No matter which institution sinks, the Government of Nepal has to uplift it. Therefore, this issue is not a matter within your organization, it is a matter within the policy of the Government of Nepal. It is up to the Government of Nepal to decide what to give and what not to give to whom, ‘said Secretary Koirala.
He also urged the people to take action if anyone has done wrong. Minister Bhanubhakta Dhakal, who was recently transferred to the Ministry of Tourism, did not say anything about it. “I have just come to the ministry. Many have told me many things. However, just because someone has said that does not mean change has taken place, ‘Dhakal said,’ I listen to everyone, but I make decisions based on facts and figures. I don’t say anything now. ‘
At present, the corporation is earning 20 to 25 percent of the total income from ground handling alone. Last year, NAC had traded Rs 22.50 billion, of which Rs 4.16 billion was received from this service.
Under the ground handling service, the corporation has been charging US 2,250 for medium-sized ships and US 4,500 for large aircrafts.
Currently, NAC is handling the ground handling of all the companies except two foreign companies. Thai and Indian Airlines, on the other hand, were allowed self-handling before the NAC service began.
CAAN has postponed the process of issuing such permission to Himalayan Airlines after some time ago. Instead, Thai Airlines and Indian Airlines have withdrawn their self-ground handling services.