On 23 January 2009, the EU and the Government of Nepal signed an aviation agreement which will restore legal certainty to the bilateral air services agreements between Nepal and EU Member States. The agreement was initialled on 30 November 2007 in Kathmandu.
This agreement does not replace the bilateral agreements in place between the Nepal and 7 EU Member States, but brings these in line with EU law. Most importantly, it removes nationality restrictions in the bilateral air services agreements between EU Member States and Nepal and thereby allows any EU airline to operate flights between Nepal and any EU Member State where it is established and where a bilateral agreement with Nepal exists and traffic rights are available.
The agreement is an important step towards further strengthening the EU-Nepal aviation relations and will encourage traffic between the EU and Nepal.