73 new airport and helipads to be connected under Phase-2 of regional connectivity scheme UDAN

The Union Government on 24 January 2018 announced that 73 underserved and unserved airports and helipads will be connected under the phase 2 of the Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) Scheme, a Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS).
A total of 90 proposals were awarded to provide flight connectivity to more than 300 regional routes. Interglobe Aviation, the parent firm of IndiGo, was awarded a maximum of 20 proposals followed by SpiceJet which won 17 and Jet Airways won 4 proposals.
For the first time, bids were received from helicopter operators under the phase 2 of the scheme. Under the first round of UDAN, which concluded in March 2017, a total of 128 routes were awarded to five airline operators.

Highlights of the UDAN 2 Scheme.
• The scheme will provide around 26.5 lakh seats per annum that will be covered with airfare cap of Rs 2500 per hour of flying.
• In addition, around two lakh regional connectivity scheme seats per annum will be provided through helicopter operations.
• States with maximum number of airports and helipads which will see activation under UDAN 2 scheme. These states are Uttarakhand (15 airports), Uttar Pradesh (9 airports), Arunachal Pradesh (8 airports), Himachal Pradesh (6 airports), Assam (5 airports) and Manipur (5 airports).
• Some of the cities that would now be connected include Kargil, Darbhanga, Kasauli, Bokaro, Dumka, Hubli, Kannur and Pakyong, among others.
• These proposals will require a Viability Gap Funding (VGF) of Rs 487 crore per annum for fixed wing operations and Rs 130 crore per annum for helicopter operations in the priority areas like north-eastern and hill States.
• The scheme will provide around 26.5 lakh seats per annum that will be covered with airfare cap of Rs 2500 per hour of flying.
• In addition, around two lakh regional connectivity scheme seats per annum will be provided through helicopter operations.

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