Wednesday, December 13, 2017

IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet put in bids for operating UDAN flights

New Delhi: IndiGo, Jet Airways and SpiceJet have submitted bids under the regional connectivity scheme's second round of bidding wherein the government has received 141 initial proposals, a senior official said on Wednesday.
The financial bids in the second round of the scheme -- Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik (UDAN) -- would be opened on Thursday while the technical bids were opened on December 5.
IndiGo, SpiceJet, Jet Airways and Zoom Air are among the applicants that have put in their bids for the second round of UDAN, according to the civil aviation ministry official.
UDAN seeks to connect unserved and under-served airports as well as make flying more affordable. The participating airlines are provided Viability Gap Funding (VGF) -- which is contributed by the ministry and respective state governments.
The official said IndiGo and SpiceJet have not sought any VGF for their proposed flights under the scheme.
While SpiceJet is already operating UDAN flights after winning bids in the first round, this is the first time IndiGo and Jet Airways have officially expressed interest to participate in the scheme. In the first round too, SpiceJet did not seek VGF.
13/12/17 PTI/Times of India