Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Phase 2 Of UDAN: New Routes To Be Announced On August 9

The civil aviation ministry plans to roll out the second phase of its regional connectivity scheme UDAN in June, with bids closing on July 9, Aviation Secretary RN Choubey said on Wednesday.
“We will be in a position to award flights under Phase-II of UDAN scheme by August 9,” he told reporters in New Delhi at an event to announce achievements of aviation ministry in the three years of the Narendra Modi government.
Incidentally, only two out of the five airlines that won bids in the first phase of the scheme have started operations thus far, with one of them being national carrier Air India’s subsidiary Alliance Air.
The UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) scheme guarantees tickets capped at Rs 2,500 per hour of flight time to and from the mentioned un-served or under-served airports.
The first phase of the regional connectivity scheme added a total of 72 airports, of which 27 were served, 12 under-served and 33 completely un-served have been given out, through which the government expects to add 13 lakh seats per year to those cities and towns.
24/05/17 Krishanu Mukherji/Bloomberg Quint