Saturday, December 11, 2021

More Seaplanes Coming Soon, Services To Be Extended Under RCS-UDAN Scheme

New Delhi: More seaplane routes and water aerodromes in India as the government is planning to expand seaplane services under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik) scheme. According to Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways at least 28 seaplane routes have been awarded so far under the scheme, and 14 water aerodromes based in Gujarat, Assam, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep are at various stages of development.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation had launched the RCS-UDAN scheme in 2016 to facilitate regional air connectivity and make air travel affordable for the masses. The RCS-UDAN is a demand-driven scheme, where airline operators assessty of operation on a particular route. 

In a written reply in Lok Sabha, Minister of port, shipping and waterways, Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday, laid down the guidelines for the scheme and informed that in addition to Viability Gap Funding, the central government, state governments, and airline operators have to provide concessions to selected airline operators (SAO). 

Under the scheme, the Central government has to pay Excise Duty at the rate of 2 per cent on Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) for SAOs at RCS Airports for RCS Flights for a period of three years from the date of notification of the scheme.


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