Thursday, May 04, 2017

Govt. mulls changes to UDAN scheme to attract more players

The Centre may introduce changes to its regional connectivity scheme or UDAN to attract more players in the second round of bidding.

“In a recent meeting, we have received numerous suggestions from stakeholders and we might bring some changes to UDAN ahead of the second round of bidding so that more airlines show interest,” said a senior Civil Aviation Ministry official.

Allowing single-engine aircraft to fly under the scheme, increasing route exclusivity for airlines and higher subsidy for helicopters among others are some of the proposals which may be considered.

Airlines had asked the Civil Aviation Ministry to increase the exclusive flying rights on UDAN routes from three to five years.
04/05/17 Somesh Jha/The Hindu