Dec 25,2023: Nepal is gearing up to establish a bilateral aviation service agreement with Switzerland, marking another milestone in its efforts to enhance air connectivity. The Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation is actively engaged in negotiations with several countries, with Switzerland being a prominent focus.

Budhisagar Lamichhane, the head and joint secretary of the ministry’s civil aviation division, announced that all necessary preparations have been finalized for the upcoming bilateral air service agreement with Switzerland. The signing ceremony is scheduled to take place in Kathmandu during the first week of February. Lamichhane added that concurrent efforts are being made to coordinate a similar agreement with Indonesia, a country situated in the Middle East Asian region.

“We are currently in the coordination phase for a bilateral air agreement with Indonesia. The exact timing is yet to be determined,” stated Lamichhane.

The cabinet has granted approval for these aviation deals, and discussions are also in progress for a forthcoming aviation service agreement with Russia. The government aims to solidify its ties and expand air connectivity through such agreements.

Notably, on December 5th, Nepal inked a bilateral air service agreement with Rwanda, bringing the total number of nations with which Nepal has such agreements to 41. The government remains committed to ongoing negotiations with other countries, further bolstering its international aviation network.

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