Over 1 crore Indians flew by way of govt’s inexpensive UDAN flight scheme: Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia | Aviation Information

Taking by air continues to be an aspiration for a lot of in our nation, although air journey has change into inexpensive. The important thing cause, nonetheless, stays the entry to flight choices and airports in distant areas. Acknowledging this, the federal government is taking motion on this strategy, as beneath the UDAN flight scheme, new airports and flight routes have been inaugurated. Replying to queries throughout Query Hour within the Rajya Sabha, Scindia mentioned, “UDAN is an formidable scheme of the federal government of India, beneath which over the last six years, since its inception in 2016, practically 1.15 crore individuals who had by no means travelled in an aeroplane had been in a position to undertake that journey.”

He additional shared that 11 airways are at the moment a part of UDAN, out of which three are startups, whereas 70 new airports have been established.

“Aside from these we’re going to set up 68 new airports by the tip of 2024 in the direction of diversification of civil aviation sector,” mentioned the minister.

The ministry of civil aviation has launched the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) — UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) on October 21, 2016 with an goal to stimulate regional air connectivity and making air journey inexpensive to the lots.

“As on November 30, 2022, after 4 rounds of bidding beneath UDAN, 453 routes have commenced, operationalising 70 airports, together with 2 water aerodrome and 9 heliports. Greater than 2.15 lakh UDAN flights have operated and over 1.1 crore passengers have availed the advantages in UDAN flights to date. The scheme has been in a position to present air connectivity to Tier-2 & Tier-3 cities at inexpensive airfares and has reworked the way in which individuals journey,” the minister mentioned within the reply.

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The UDAN scheme is relevant for a interval of 10 years from the date of its notification.

“The federal government has set a goal to operationalise 1,000 UDAN routes through the forex of the scheme and to revive/develop 100 unserved and underserved airports/ heliports/water aerodromes by 2024. The federal government of India has permitted a price range of Rs 4,500 crore for revival of current unserved/underserved airports/airstrips of the state governments, Airports Authority of India, public sector undertakings and civil enclaves,” Scindia mentioned.

Airports Authority of India, the implementing company, displays the progress for the revival/growth of awarded aerodromes beneath UDAN and the identical is reviewed by the ministry in session with stakeholders time to time.

With inputs from PTI

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