As not less than half of the seats in UDAN flights are supplied at subsidised fares (Representational)
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Tuesday initiated the method of taking bids from airways for numerous routes underneath the fourth spherical of bidding of its regional connectivity scheme UDAN.
The main target of this spherical can be primarily on connecting north-eastern states, hilly states, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and islands, a launch stated.
“Airports that have already been developed by AAI would be given higher priority for award of VGF (viability gap funding) under the scheme, followed by airports…located in priority areas…followed by airports located in areas other than priority area(s),” it stated.
Beneath the UDAN scheme, monetary incentives when it comes to concessions from the Centre, state governments and airport operators are prolonged to chose airways to encourage operations from unserved and undeserved airports, and maintain airfares inexpensive.
As not less than half of the seats in UDAN flights are supplied at subsidised fares, and the collaborating carriers are supplied a specific amount of VGF — an quantity shared between the Centre and the state involved.
In Udan four.zero, the VGF has been enhanced for plane having greater than 20 seats and that may function in precedence areas — Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, northeastern states, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep.
“The operation of helicopter and sea plane would be allowed under this round,” the discharge stated.
Until date, underneath the scheme, a complete of 688 routes connecting 137 cities have been awarded to airways.
“MoCA (Ministry of Civil Aviation) aims to operationalise 1,000 routes and more than 100 airports in the next five years. This would be achieved by focusing on operationalising routes in priority areas,” it stated.
On November 28, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri advised the Lok Sabha that flight operations have begun on 232 routes — connecting 43 small cities — out of complete 688 routes awarded underneath UDAN scheme.
The Centre had launched the scheme on October 21, 2016, to stimulate regional air connectivity by making it inexpensive.