Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Shirdi airport may not join UDAN scheme

New Delhi: The soon-to-be-inaugurated airport at the temple town Shirdi is unlikely to be part of government's regional connectivity scheme (RCS) or UDAN with some stakeholders opposed to the 3-year exclusivity clause.
UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) aims at making flying affordable by capping fares at Rs 2,500 per hour on select routes and enhancing air connectivity for tier-2 and tier-3 cities.
Under the scheme, airlines that win the bid for a route gain exclusively right to operate on it for three year.
Airline operators are also provided a subsidy by the Centre and the state governments concerned, along with incentives by the airport, in order offer low fares to passengers.
"Airlines have been demanding that exclusivity clause be removed for the Shirdi airport and if that can't be done the airport should be removed from RCS category," said a civil aviation ministry official.
The Maharashtra government, too, is opposed to the airport being included in RCS as it would restrict the number of operators because of the exclusivity clause, while the travel demand for the pilgrim town is expected to be very high, said an official at the ministry.
21/06/17 PTI/Times of India