Under UDAN Scheme, Govt Awards 128 Regional Routes to Air India, Air Deccan, SpiceJet Among Others
Posted on:01 Apr 2017 12:30:19
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01 April 2017 Current Affairs: The civil aviation ministry awarded first-ever regional flights based on a new subsidy model to five airlines that will expand flights to many new airports in the country.
Air India, Air Deccan, SpiceJet, Air Odisha and Turbo Megha have got rights to fly 128 routes which will require them to cap half the seats at about 50% of the fare.
Many of these airports will be served for the first time. These include airports like Shimla, Kandla, Puducherry, Bhatinda, Cooch Behar and Bilaspur among others.
Aviation secretary R.N. Choubey said Rs. 205 crore of subsidy will be provided to these airlines. Routes will be exclusive for three years.
About UDAN:- 1) The Union Government has launched the regional air connectivity scheme UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam naagrik) which seeks to get more people to fly in the smaller towns.
2) The scheme was launched by the Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju in New Delhi.
3) It will be rolled out by January, 2017 and will be in operation for a period of 10 years.
4) The UDAN scheme seeks to provide connectivity to un-served and under-served airports of the country through revival of existing air-strips and airports.
5) This first-of-its-kind scheme will ensure affordability, connectivity, growth and development.
6) It aims to increase ticketing volume from 80 million to 300 million by 2022.
7) Under it regional connectivity will be developed on market-based mechanism under which Airlines will bid for seat subsidies.
8) Airline operators will bid for up to 40 subsidised seats and minimum seats will be 9.
9) There will be 50% seats on market based pricing.
Civil aviation minister of India : Ashok Gajapathi Raju (since 26 May 2014)
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