Tuesday, October 30, 2018

UDAN Phase III Bidding this Week

Mumbai: The Ministry of Civil Aviation is set to invite bids for the third phase of the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) also known as Udey Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) after a month-long delay this week.

The third phase is expected to see the launch of seaplanes by Spicejet. Under the earlier two phases of RCS, 56 unserved and 31 helipads have been awarded for connectivity, but operations at several of these airports are yet to take off.

Routes up for auction in this phase will include popular tourist destinations such as Mahabodhi temple in Bihar, Ajanta and Ellora in Aurangabad and Hampi in Karnataka, among others. The Ministry of Tourism had identified 12 tourist hotspots to connect under the scheme. Under RCS, an airline can choose to serve the destinations on offer from anywhere depending on its traffic feasibility studies. In this scheme, fares are capped at ₹ 2,500 for an hour-long flight for 50% of seats. The remaining seats can be sold at market rates.
30/10/18 Aditya Anand/The Hindu