Saturday, August 18, 2018

Flight plan: After taking off domestically, Udan to spread wings internationally

New Delhi: The regional air connectivity scheme or Udan (Udega Desh ka Aam Nagrik), which has been in operation on domestic routes for more than a year now, is likely to be extended on the international circuit covering neighbouring countries, but permits will be given to only domestic carriers and not international ones at the start.

Sources in the civil aviation ministry told FE that though international carriers have evinced interest in the proposed Udan scheme for overseas routes, the domestic carriers have opposed it and the ministry also thinks that initially only domestic carriers should be allowed to participate in it.

“There could be an argument for a level playing field for all airlines. But the thinking is to start with domestic airlines only. It could be domestic carriers now and international players can join in later. We are really moving fast on international Udan and the bidding could be held sometime in September or October,” a civil aviation ministry official said.
18/08/18 Financial Express

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