Thursday, March 07, 2019

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India’s rise as one of the world’s leading aviation markets has been phenomenal. Just a few years ago, of the near 500 airstrips, we had scheduled flight operations from only about 60-plus airports.

Many of these airports were gathering dust until a decision in 2016, to have a National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP), drew a clear roadmap for the development of the civil aviation sector.

The results have been spectacular. But what truly boosted the domestic aviation market was the launch of the Regional Connectivity Scheme or UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik). It was set in place to fulfil a vital objective of NCAP — enhancing regional links through fiscal support and infrastructure.

In less than two years since its launch, the government has received bids for flight operations to 69 unserved airports, 31 heliports and six waterdromes. Today, we have 103 operational airports, with more coming.

And Maharashtra, with one of the largest pool of airports and airstrips, is expected to be amongst UDAN’s biggest beneficiaries.
07/03/19 Dhairyashil Vandekar/Times of India

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