Thursday, September 09, 2021

Aviation Minister announces 50 new flight routes to be launched under Udan in next 100 days

Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia on September 9th announced a roadmap to improve the aviation infrastructure in India to be implemented in the next 100 days.

The minister said he has set infrastructure and policy targets which will be implemented by November 30. As part of the targets set for the Minister of Civil Aviation, Scindia confirmed that 50 new routes will be launched under the centre’s regional connectivity scheme Udan.

Out of these 50 new route, 30 new routes will be launched by October, the minister said. Of the 30 new routes, Alliance Air will launch 6 new routes, IndiGo and SpiceJet will launch 4 new routes each.

In addition, Big Charter and Star Air will launch 8 new routes each. Scindia also said that his ministry plans to start operationalisation of six heliports, and five new airports in the next 100 days, under Udan.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation will start operationalisation of airports in Keshod in Gujarat, Deoghar in Jharkhand, Gondia in Maharashtra, Sindhudurg in Maharashtra, and Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh, by November 30.

Furthermore, operationalisation of heliports in Sanjoli near Shimla, Sase near Manali, Mandi, and Baddi in Himachal Pradesh will begin in the next 100 days. Similarly, Haldwani and Almora in Uttarakhand will also have operational heliports by November 30.

Aviation ministry’s 100-day plan also includes construction at 4 airports - Kushinagar, second terminal building at Dehradun, Agartala airport and Jewar in Greater Noida, in the next 100 days, the minister said at a press conference today.

Scindia said that by November 30 a new airport in Kushinagar will be ready for inauguration. The construction of new terminal buildings at Dehradun, Agartala will also be completed in the next 100 days.

He added that the construction of the new Jewar airport will also begin by the end of November.

The ministry has set eights targets under policy, include Drone policy, UDAN airports, leasing capacity in India, discussion with states (VAT on ATF), IGRUA expansion, stabilised industry post-COVID to be implemented in the next 100 days," he said.

The Minister has asked for VAT to be rationalised within the range of 1 percent to 4 percent.


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