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Wednesday, 04 December, 2019, 10 : 30 AM [IST]

Ministry of Civil Aviation launches round 4 of RCS- UDAN

Following the three successful rounds of bidding, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has launched the 4th round of Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik ( UDAN) to further enhance the connectivity to remote and regional areas of the country. Focus of this round would be the priority areas like NER, Hilly States, J&K, Ladakh and Islands. 

Revision of (Viability Gap Funding) VGF cap, promoting short-haul routes, well defined Prioritisation framework, flexibility to change the frequency of flight operation and inclusion of helicopter and sea plane operation under NSOP license are some of the key features of the scheme.

Efforts are made to develop the airports and operationalise the pending routes. Many of these routes will be operationalised during the winter schedule 2019.

MoCA aims to operationalise 1000 routes and more than 100 airports in the next five years. This would be achieved by focusing on operationalising routes in Priority Areas. AAI would focus on developing no-frills airport in the future and routes connecting such airports would be prioritized for award of VGF. The market would be incentivised to develop short haul routes only, providing connectivity to nearby airports.


 
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