Friday, November 25, 2016

UDAN set to give Mysuru airport wings again

With Mysuru airport figuring in the list of “unserved” airports notified by the Centre for promotion under its Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) — also called UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagarik) — hopes have soared again on the resumption of flight operations from the heritage city.

According to informed sources, the State government is awaiting Cabinet clearance to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Civil Aviation to finalise the modalities for subsidised air travel from Mysuru to different destinations across the country.

Under UDAN, the willing air operator will have to offer a pre-determined percentage of seats in the aircraft flying on the RCS routes. The subsidised airfare will have to be fixed at the rate of Rs. 2,500 for a one-hour flight, while the cost of flight operations for the operator will be subsidised through viability gap funding under the scheme.
25/11/16 Laiqh A.Khan/The Hindu