Monday, October 05, 2020

UDAN 4.0: Air Taxi, Flybig new entrants; SpiceJet wins routes in Lakshadweep

Gurugram-based Air Taxi and Big Charter have emerged as the main winners in the fourth phase of regional connectivity scheme or UDAN, Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik, CNBC-TV18 has learnt.

A total of eight aviation companies, including old players such as SpiceJet and IndiGo, have emerged as winners for 76 routes of UDAN-4, documents reviewed by CNBC-TV18 showed.

Air Taxi or Aviation Connectivity and Infrastructure Developers Pvt Ltd have won the most number of routes under UDAN-4. Air Taxi has won a total of 22 routes including Hissar-Dharamshala, Hissar-Chandigarh, Hissar-Dehradun, Kanpur(Chakeri)-Chitrakoot, Kanpur(Chakeri)-Moradabad, Kanpur(Chakeri)-Aligarh, Chitrakoot-Prayagraj(Allahabad), Chitrakoot-Varanasi, Kanpur-Shravasti, Shravasti-Varanasi, and Shravasti-Prayagraj.

Air Taxi is followed by Big Charter Pvt Ltd or Flybig, which is likely to have secured 16 routes under UDAN-4. These include Guwahati-Tezu, Tezu-Imphal, Guwahati-Rupsi, Rupsi-Kolkata, Aizwal-Tezpur, Agartala-Dibrugarh, Shillong-Passighat and Passighat-Guwahati.

Air India’s regional arm Alliance Air is the third on the winners’ list with 14 routes including Bilaspur to Bhopal, Bareilly to Delhi, Cochin International Airport to Agatti, Guwahati to Shillong, Dimapur to Shillong, Imphal to Silchar, and Delhi to Shimla.

India’s largest airline IndiGo continues to bet on regional connectivity scheme UDAN and has won at least eight routes which include Dibrugarh-Shillong, Silchar-Shillong, Agartala-Shillong, and Shillong-Imphal.

Simultaneously, low-cost airline SpiceJet has secured routes connecting Lakshadweep with Agatti-Minicoy and Agatti-Kavaratti routes.

One route each has been won by Turbo Megha Airways and Ventura Airconnect. Turbo Megha has won Diu-Surat while Ventura has emerged as an operator for Diu-Vadodara.

05/10/20 Anu Sharma/CNBC TV18


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