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Regional Air Connectivity- UDAN: CCEA approves revival of un-served and under-served air strips

The revival of these un-served and under-served air strips will be carried out at the total cost of Rs 4500 crore with the budgetary support of the Union Government under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) - UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik).

Mar 8, 2019 13:58 IST
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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on March 7, 2019 approved the extension of time and scope for revival and development of un-served and under-served air strips of State Governments, Airports Authority of India (AAI), Civil enclaves, CPSUs, helipads and water aerodromes.

The revival of these un-served and under-served air strips will be carried out at the total cost of Rs 4500 crore with the budgetary support of the Union Government under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) - UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik).

Impact

Small cities and towns will be connected on commencement of operation of flights to under-served and un-served airports.

It will boost the economic development of these areas as well as surrounding areas in terms of job creation and related infrastructure development.

Developments under the RCS-UDAN Scheme

The Union Ministry of Civil Aviation received overwhelming response from the airlines in two rounds of bidding held so far under the RCS - UDAN.

In the first round of UDAN bidding, 128 routes were assigned to five airline operators for 43 un-served/underserved airports/airstrips on March 31, 2017.

In second round of UDAN bidding, the response from airline operators considerably improved wherein 86 proposals involving 325 routes were awarded to 15 selected airline operators in January 2018.

During the UDAN version 1.0 & 2.0, 66 airports and 31 heliports (28 unserved heliports and 3 unserved airports) were identified.

During UDAN version 3.0, tourism routes in coordination with Ministry of Tourism; and Seaplanes for connecting Water Aerodromes were included to increase the tourism potential at the coastal areas.

UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik) Scheme

  • UDAN, launched in April 2017, is a flagship scheme of the Union Government to enable air operations on unserved routes, connecting regional areas, to promote balanced regional growth and to make flying affordable for masses.
  • The UDAN Scheme is a key component of the National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP) which was launched in June 2016.
  • Under the scheme, 24 airports in the western region, 17 in the northern region, 11 in the southern region, 12 in east and six in north-eastern parts of the country will be connected under this scheme.
  • The government will also connect around 50 unserved and under-served airports with the scheme.
  • The operators linked under the scheme are Air India subsidiary Airline Allied Services, SpiceJet, Air Deccan, Air Odisha and Turbo Megha. They would be operating 19-78 seater aircraft.
  • Operators will have to provide 50 percent of the flight capacity with a cap of Rs 2500 per hour and a minimum of five and a maximum of 13 people on helicopters with the same price cap.

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