The Ministry of Civil Aviation on Wednesday announced that under Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS), also known as UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik), allotted 325 air routes to 15 airlines and helicopter service providers which will connect 73 new airports.
Announcing the result of second round of bidding under RCS (UDAN-2) Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathy Raju said that it will be adding 29 lakh seats annually.
He said, “States with maximum number of airports and helipads seeing activation under UDAN 2 are Uttarakhand (15), Uttar Pradesh (9), Arunachal Pradesh (8) and Himachal Pradesh (6) and Assam and Manipur (5 each).
UDAN 2 will connect 43 airports and helipads in our priority sector – the North-East and the hill states. As per the details given by the Ministry, Interglobe Aviation, the company behind IndiGo, is the biggest winner of the second round of the government’s ambitious UDAN scheme, winning 20 routes. Jet Airways won four routes. Both IndiGo and Jet competed were absent from the first round of the scheme.
Mr Raju said that the highlight of the bidding is the proposals having no demand for subsidies even in the fact that the scheme partly subsidises the flights through a cess on flights to metro cities.
Mr Raju informed that key revisions in Scheme under 2nd Round of RCS-UDAN covering Priority areas, operational flexibility, Helicopter operations, etc have been made.