Thursday, December 28, 2017

Kannur joins UDAN list

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala, Union Ministry of Civil Aviation, and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Wednesday signed a tripartite agreement to commence domestic flight services from the upcoming Kannur International Airport (KIAL) under the Union government’s UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) scheme, an endeavour to make regional connectivity easy.

With this, the Kannur International Airport is set for commencing UDAN services from 2018. Services under the scheme will link small towns. The government aims at making flying affordable by capping fares at Rs. 2,500 a seat an hour.

The pact was signed for the State by Principal Secretary, General Administration, who is also holding charge of the Civil Aviation, Biswanath Sinha; Joint Secretary, Union Ministry of Civil Aviation, Usha Padheee; and Chairman, AAI Guruprasad Mahopatra for the AAI. Mr. Sinha also called on Union Civil Aviation Secretary Rajiv Nayan Choubey and held discussions with him.

Viability Gap Funding (VGF) will be used to bridge the gap between the cost of airline operations and expected revenue. The State is expected to compensate for the loss with a VGF of about 20% and the rest will be borne by the Centre.
28/12/17 The Hindu