New Delhi: The Centre has awarded 78 new routes underneath the fourth spherical of bidding for Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) — UDAN — to additional improve the community to distant and regional areas of the nation.
In line with the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Northeastern area, ‘Hilly States and Islands’ have been given precedence within the approval course of for the brand new routes.
The fourth spherical of bidding provided 29 served, eight unserved (together with two heliports and one water aerodrome), and two underserved airports.
Total 766 routes have been sanctioned up to now underneath the UDAN scheme.
“The awarding of these 78 routes under UDAN 4 is in line with the ‘Act East Policy’ of the central government,” Usha Padhee, Joint Secretary, Union Ministry of Civil Aviation, was quoted as saying in a press release on Thursday.
“The airports that had already been developed by AAI are given higher priority for the award of VGF under the scheme. Under UDAN 4, the operation of helicopter and seaplanes is also being incorporated. Since its inception, MoCA has operationalised 274 UDAN routes that have connected 45 airports and 3 heliports.”
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Final yr, the Centre invited bids for the fourth spherical of the RCS-Udan scheme.
The main focus of this spherical can be the precedence areas just like the Northeastern and hill states, the Union Territories of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir and islands.
Accordingly, the scheme supplies numerous concessions to the chosen airline operators to function routes underneath RCS-Udan from Centre and state authorities s. Accordingly, the fourth spherical of the scheme options revision of viability hole funding (VGF) cap.
Apart from, the brand new spherical will promote short-haul routes as much as 500km.
Additional, the scheme has a provision to offer flexibility to vary the frequency of flight operation.
In January 2019, the Centre had awarded contracts to 11 firms to function fixed-wing and seaplane providers underneath the third spherical of air regional connectivity scheme connecting locations like Ambala, Amravati, Campbell Bay and Automotive Nicobar amongst others.
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That point, the ministry had issued “Letter of Awards” for 73 proposals involving 235 regional connectivity and water aerodrome routes which have been acquired underneath the third spherical of RCS-Udan.