Union Minister Jayant Sinha on Thursday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the government’s air regional connectivity scheme – UDAN – on April 27
The government has set up an inter-ministerial committee to monitor the regional air connectivity scheme UDAN which seeks to make flying affordable by connecting unserved and under-served airports.
It is heartening that the plan to connect two-tier and three-tier towns to metros, by flights, announced by the Central government in October last is ready to take off.
The government on Thursday said it was close to resolving a dispute with major Indian carriers over levying regional connectivity charges. It also unveiled a list of successful bidders and routes under the scheme, called Udan.
Five airlines will operate on 128 routes under the regional connectivity scheme wherein fares are capped at Rs 2,500 for one-hour flights.
As many as 25 airstrips, most of which are unserved or non-operational, in Punjab and Haryana may soon witness hectic activity as the Union ministry of civil aviation (Moca) has identified these under its regional connectivity scheme called ‘Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik’ (Udan).
The Civil Aviation Ministry has sought over 40 slots at the Delhi and Mumbai airport for the operation of flights under the regional connectivity scheme (RCS), UDAN.
In an interesting development, the Union Cabinet recently approved a plan to spend Rs 4,500 crore to develop and upgrade 50 under-served or un-served airports and airstrips in order to boosting regional air connectivity (RAC) scheme, called UDAN .
The Cabinet on Monday approved a proposal to revive 50 unserved and under-served airports as well as airstrips at an estimated cost of Rs 4,500 crore.
The government will likely announce the winners of its regional connectivity scheme UDAN by March 15, CNBC TV18 reported citing unidentified sources.