All Nepalese airlines have been put on the EU air safety list, which means they are subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union. The European Commission updated the list for the 22nd time, citing safety information it had received from various sources and a hearing both with the Nepalese aviation authorities as well as a number of Nepalese carriers. “We do hope that this ban will help the aviation authorities to improve aviation safety. I have already asked the European Aviation Safety Agency to prepare an aviation safety assistance project for Nepal,” said Siim Kallas, Commission VP responsible for transport. “On the positive side, I am happy to note further safety progress, particularly in the Philippines, Sudan and Zambia.” These countries remain on the list however, along with a number of others.