Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Government identifies eight international routes under UDAN scheme

New Delhi: The government has identified eight international routes for extending its subsidised UDAN (ude desh ka aam nagrik) scheme to neighbouring countries and ensure affordable flying for the masses. Six routes are from Guwahati to Dhaka, Kathmandu, Yangon, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Bangkok. And two routes are from Vijayawada to Singapore and Dubai. The policy for UDAN (international) will soon be finalised and then sources say the same may be kicked off by the year-end.
Aviation minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted: “The objective of the UDAN (international) scheme is to enhance international air connectivity between Indian states and select international destinations through the provision of financial support to airlines. It is the next step after the positive domestic impact of UDAN. The scheme will involve a State Government led effort wherein State Govts will propose the list of routes to be connected. Presently, the state of Assam and Andhra Pradesh have come forward to participate under the scheme and have identified the (eight) routes.”
“Under the scheme, the state governments will be responsible for funding the financial benefits. The scheme envisages providing monetary support, in the form of a subsidy per seat, for the unsold seats from the number of seats as bid by the airline to make operations viable,” Prabhu added. Which means as more states come forward to participate in this scheme, affordable international connectivity to neighbouring countries will improve under this plan.
22/08/18 Sauabh Sinha/Times of India

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