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Open skies proposal cannot be accepted now: Nepal tells India

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

has told that the proposal for open skies cannot be accepted now as the Himalayan nation is in the process of upgrading its airport infrastructure.

Open skies policy allows countries to operate unlimited number of flights to each other's cities.

Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha has informed the that in the recently concluded bilateral civil aviation talks, welcomed the Indian proposal for open skies.

"However, they informed that they are in the process of upgrading existing international airport and constructing new international airports infrastructure and their civil aviation policy is also being revised.

"Hence, they are not ready to accept the open skies proposal at this stage," Sinha said in a written reply yesterday.

To a query on whether the plans to install full body scanners at airports in the country, the Minister said no such decision has been taken.

"A trial of full body scanner was conducted at International Airport (IGIA), on 10,054 passengers from December 5 to 19, 2016 to collect data to determine the criteria for body scanning technology requirement for passenger screening," he said in a separate written reply.

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First Published: Wed, March 15 2017. 16:42 IST