Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Next round of bidding under UDAN scheme likely in three months, says Jayant Sinha

Bidding for the second round of short domestic routes under the UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) scheme is expected to take-off within three months, Jayant Sinha, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, said here.

The first round of bidding saw 128 routes being awarded to five operators — Alliance Air, Air Deccan, Air Odisha, Trujet and SpiceJet.

The UDAN or regional connectivity scheme seeks to improve air accessibility of Tier-2, Tier-3 & Tier-4 cities at an affordable cost. Nearly 50 per cent of the seats on every flight across these routes are capped at ₹2,500 per seat for up to an hour of journey.

According to the Minister, the modalities and the routes for the second round will be decided through bidding processes.

“The second round of bidding for regional connectivity should happen in another three months time,” Sinha said on the sidelines of an interactive session organised by the Bharat Chamber of Commerce (BCC) here in the city.
09/05/17 The Hindu Business Line