78 further routes to be awarded below regional connectivity scheme Udan

New Delhi, August 25

A complete of 78 further routes can be awarded below the fourth spherical of regional connectivity scheme Udan, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri mentioned on Tuesday.

Under the Udan scheme, monetary incentives from the Centre, state governments and airport operators are prolonged to chose airways to encourage operations from unserved and underserved airports and maintain airfares reasonably priced.

Puri mentioned on Twitter: “UDAN 4.0 is ready to go. As many as 78 additional routes have now been approved, taking the total number of sanctioned routes to 766. Besides, 18 unserved or underserved airports will be connected to metro cities Delhi, Kolkata, Kochi, etc,” he added.

The Modi authorities had launched the Udan scheme in 2016 to enhance regional connectivity.

At least half of the seats in Udan flights are supplied at subsidised fares and the taking part carriers are supplied a certain quantity of viability hole funding (VGF) — an quantity shared between the Centre and the state involved.

The minister mentioned the aforementioned 78 “unique” routes have been “finalised for award” and it will trigger “approximately monthly VGF outflow of Rs 15 crores”.

Puri mentioned: “The economic and tourism opportunities that these flights will offer to the regions will contribute towards the making of an Atmanirbhar Bharat.”

The minister additionally mentioned Bilaspur-Bhopal route has been awarded to Alliance Air and flight companies on this route would start shortly. PTI

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