Monday, November 05, 2018

Government invites bids for third round of Udan routes

The government has invited bids from interested operators for the third round of auctions for the Udan scheme, which is a subsidised low fare initiative to connect small cities and to help more masses fly.
This comes on the heels of government last month seeking bids for the international version of the scheme to enhance air connectivity to select overseas destinations.
Significantly, the much-trumpeted scheme has not met with the desired success level as more than half the routes granted in the first round of bids, auctioned in early 2017, are yet to become operational.
The initial bids for the third round can be submitted to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) by December 10, while the airlines winning the routes will be announced by January 7, says the notice inviting e-proposals posted on the RCS portal.
The AAI is the implementing agency of the Udan scheme that was announced in March 2016.
05/11/18 PTI/Economic Times