Thursday, October 12, 2023

Govt’s regional connectivity scheme UDAN achieves milestone of 500 routes

Bengaluru:  Since its launch in 2017, flights have commenced on 500 routes under the government’s ambitious regional connectivity scheme (RCS), Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN), according to the government sources. 

Data available with the Airport Authority of India shows a total of 493 routes have seen flight services as of October 3, 2023. Recent additions, mostly in Southern India, in the fifth phase of the scheme, have pushed the milestone number to 500, the sources said. 

A total of five rounds have taken place so far under which different routes have been awarded to different airlines. Maximum flights commenced in Round 3 (165 routes), followed by Round 2 (152 routes). 

While launching the 5th round of the connectivity scheme earlier this year, civil aviation minister J Scindia had said this new and stronger version of the scheme would raise the momentum, connecting new routes and bring us closer to the target of operationalising 1,000 routes and 50 additional airports, heliports and water aerodromes in near future. 

12/10/2023 New Indian Express

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