Government decision to offer affordable regional connectivity by air could soon be a widespread reality with the country’s biggest airlines joining the UDAN (ude desk ka aam nagrik) scheme.
The aviation ministry said IndiGo and Jet Airways are among the players awarded 325 routes in the second round of UDAN bidding. Spice Jet and and Alliance Air, which had joined the regional connectivity scheme (RCS) in the first round itself, have got more routes.
Elaborating more about the scheme, an official said, ‘In the second round, we have given RCS routes to helicopter operators also. In all, we got 141 proposals for 502 routes (for both planes and choppers). Letters of award have been given to 90 proposals for 325 routes. Out of these, 129 routes are in a newly created category of ‘priority areas’ that include Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal, Uttarakhand, North East, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep Islands’.