Wednesday, September 02, 2020

UDAN 4.0: All you need to know about the Regional Connectivity Scheme

According to the Civil Aviation Ministry, under the fourth round of regional connectivity scheme, UDAN ('Ude Desh ka Aam Nagarik) a total of 78 additional routes has been approved. Under this scheme, financial incentives from the Centre and state governments and airport operators are extended to selected airlines. This is done to encourage operations from unserved and underserved airports and also to keep airfares affordable.
78 new routes have been approved by the Civil Aviation Ministry under the fourth round of Regional Connectivity Scheme UDAN to boost the connectivity in the North East, hilly states, and islands.
As per the ministry " Till now, 766 routes are sanctioned under the UDAN scheme, 29 served, 08 unserved (including two heliports and one water aerodrome), and two underserved airports have been included in the list for the approved routes."
Usha Padhee, aviation ministry joint secretary said, "The airports that had already been developed by Airport Authority of India are given higher priority for the award of Viability Gap Funding (VGF) under the Scheme. Since its inception, MoCA has operationalised 274 UDAN routes that have connected 45 airports and three  heliports."
01/09/20 Shikha Goyal/Jagran Josh
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