Wednesday, February 01, 2023

UDAN Is Giving Birth To Regional Airlines: Jyotiraditya Scindia

The government's regional air connectivity scheme, which has created a landmark, is giving birth to regional carriers in a country that in the last 20 years has seen the closing down of airlines, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said on Tuesday.

After virtually flagging off regional airline IndiaOne Air's flight from Jamshedpur to Kolkata, Scindia said it will also be the first scheduled commercial air service from Jamshedpur, which earlier was limited to non-scheduled operations.

The UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) scheme is "giving birth to new airlines in a country that over the last 20 years has only seen the closing of airlines. With this scheme alone, regional airlines like StarAir, IndiaOne Air, and FlyBig have been born. New records of aviation will be established," Scindia told PTI here.

According to the minister, UDAN, the regional air connectivity scheme, has created a new landmark transporting almost close to 1.15 crore people in the last six years.

With the flight service starting from Jamshedpur, the total number of operational airports has increased from 74 in 2013-14 to 147 at present.

"We are one short of doubling the number in eight years and next month the 148th airport will be operationalized in India," Scindia said.

Shivamogga airport in Karnataka is to be inaugurated next month.

According to an official release, the minister inaugurated the flight services by IndiaOne Air that will connect three cities -- Bhubaneswar (Odisha), Kolkata (West Bengal), and Jamshedpur (Jharkhand).

31/01/23 PTI/Republicworld

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