Indian Government awards 128 regional routes to 5 airlines
The Indian regional air connectivity scheme (RCS) will be applied in May 2017, as the Ministry of Aviation has authorized five national carriers to operate 128 regional routes, Livemint reports. The five airlines awarded the rights to fly are Air India, SpiceJet, Turbo Megha, Air Odisha and Air Deccan.
The scheme known as UDAN is targeting middle class travelers who want to travel between small towns in India.
The airlines will connect the metropolises of Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad with 70 smaller cities like Kanpur, Shimla, Agra, Bathinda, Pathankot, Gwalior, Ludhiana, Bhavnagar, Diu, Jamshedpur and Puducherry.
The government's big plan
The government will subsidize nearly 50% of seats on UDAN flights, covered in an hour. The seats will be sold at about Rs2,500 ($38.5).
Junior Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha said that in this phase, the subsidy will be about Rs200 crore ($30.78 million), adding that it was reasonable giving the airline industry’s annual revenue of Rs80,000 crore ($12.31 billion).
Previously India had decided to construct secondary airports in the cities where primary airports are reaching or have reached maximum capacity. The secondary airports would mainly service regional routes.
“That is a very valid suggestion,” Anil Srivastava, joint secretary at Civil Aviation Ministry said at Economic Times Global Business Summit. “We are thinking about it, as Airports Authority of India (AAI) has its hands full. The management of Ahmedabad and Jaipur airports are being awarded under public-private partnership (PPP). The line of thinking is there but nothing is concrete as of now.”
The scheme, which would be in operation for a period of 10 years, is mainly aimed to provide connectivity to un-served and under-served regions of the country by reviving of existing air-strips and airports.
Airlines forced to cancel dozens of flights due to Tonga volcano eruption
As authorities struggle to assess the damage following an underwater eruption near Tonga, airlines continue to cancel fl...
Vietnam increases international flight frequency across Asia
The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam has increased the frequency of regular international passenger flights connectin...
China to suspend more flights amid Omicron surge
China is suspending more incoming flights, after passengers test positive for COVID-19...