Tuesday, January 08, 2019

UDAN 3 auction: Govt not to open financial bids of Air Deccan and Air Odisha for now

New Delhi: The government has decided to not open for now the financial bids submitted by Air Deccan and Air Odisha for eight routes currently being auctioned under the third phase of the UDAN scheme, a senior Civil Aviation Ministry official said Tuesday.

Six networks that had been awarded to the two airlines in the first round of the auctions under the Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme have already been cancelled by the ministry due to “non-performance” or “poor performance”.

UDAN is a subsidised low fare initiative to connect small cities in the country and to help more people fly.

“We have decided that at present, we would not open the financial bids for Air Deccan and Air Odisha. We will go ahead as it is not a valid proposal. The final decision regarding this would be taken at the highest level only,” the official said.
“As they have come for bidding (for UDAN-3), if we have to eliminate them, we have to follow the due process,” he added.
“We have to open technical bids because without opening them, we would not know who the bidders are. When we opened the technical bids, we came to know that there are five proposals from Air Odisha and three from GSEC Monarch and Deccan Aviation Private Limited,” the official said.
08/01/19 PTI/India.com

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