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For pro­vid­ing air con­nec­tiv­ity to un­served and un­der­served air­ports as well as to make air travel more af­ford­able to the masses, ‘Ude Desh ka Aam Naa­grik’ (UDAN) was launched re­cently. With the do­mes­tic avi­a­tion sec­tor on the up­swing, the gov­ern­ment to­day said the re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity scheme has got off to a very strong start and the bid­ding un­der UDAN has al­ready seen as many as 20 regis­tra­tions from air op­er­a­tor per­mit hold­ers by mid-Novem­ber, Civil Avi­a­tion Sec­re­tary R.N. Choubey said. Be­sides, the gov­ern­ment is work­ing on ways to in­crease ca­pac­ity at air­ports to cater to ris­ing de­mand as the do­mes­tic avi­a­tion sec­tor has been grow­ing at over 20 per cent for the past many months. Un­der the scheme, fares would be capped at ` 2,500 for one-hour flights while var­i­ous in­cen­tives would also be pro­vided to the air­line op­er­a­tors. Re­gional air con­nec­tiv­ity, en­sur­ing air travel is com­fort­able and con­ve­nient and ex­pand­ing ca­pac­ity of air­ports are the pri­or­i­ties, he added. Do­mes­tic avi­a­tion sec­tor is ex­pected to see more than 20 per cent growth in the next three years which also poses chal­lenges, Choubey said. “We have to be ahead of the growth curve,” he added. Ac­cord­ing to him, the 23 per cent growth seen in the do­mes­tic avi­a­tion sec­tor, which is also high­est in the world, is “not a flash in the pan”. Min­is­ter of State for Civil Avi­a­tion Jayant Sinha said that UDAN was “off to a very strong start”.

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