UDAN Scheme, the regional air connectivity scheme recently launched by the central government to make the air travel cheaper has started to see the sun of the day. According to industry chamber FICCI, about 44 airports across the country has the potential to execute operations under the scheme.
The list of 44 out of 414 underserved and unserved airports has been prepared based upon geographical, operational and commercial parameters which has potential to be part of regional connectivity scheme UDAN. The report also mentions the list of around 370 potential destinations for the shortlisted airports, including metros, state capitals and important commercial, industrial and tourism centers.
List of UDAN Airports – Potential
|State||No. of Airports||Airport Locations|
|Uttar Pradesh||4||Agra, Allahabad, Kanpur, Bareilly|
|Maharashtra||3||Amravati, Nanded, Solapur|
|Rajasthan||3||Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Kota|
|West Bengal||3||Andal, Cooch Behar, Malda|
|Assam||3||Jorhat, Tezpur, Lilabari|
|Arunachal Pradesh||2||Pasighat, Tezu|
|Himachal Pradesh||2||Kullu, Shimla|
|Jammu and Kashmir||1||Chushul|
|Daman and Diu||1||Diu|
UDAN (Udey Desh ka Aam Nagrik) scheme was launched in October 2016 by the central government through the National Civil Aviation Policy 2016. Under the scheme, the government aims to provide cheap air travel at Rs. 2500 per hour of flight to tier 2 and tier 3 cities.
The flights are expected to become operational in January 2017 under the UDAN Scheme.
The full study by FCCI can be downloaded in PDF format from the link below: