2nd round of UDAN bid to im­prove con­nec­tiv­ity to NE, J&K

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Min­is­ter of Civil Avi­a­tion

P Ashok Ga­jap­athi Raju an­nounced the com­mence­ment for bid­ding for the sec­ond round of the Re­gional Con­nec­tiv­ity Scheme – UDAN. He said that the thrust in the sec­ond round will be on im­prov­ing con­nec­tiv­ity to pri­or­ity ar­eas like the North East, Jammu & Kash­mir, Ut­tarak­hand, Hi­machal Pradesh, An­daman & Ni­co­bar Is­lands and Lak­shad­weep by in­tro­duc­ing more op­er­a­tional flex­i­bil­ity and pro­mot­ing he­li­copter op­er­a­tions. The Min­is­ter in­formed that the changes in the sec­ond round of UDAN had been brought in af­ter ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tions with stake­hold­ers over the last four months.

Among the im­por­tant changes that are be­ing ef­fected, routes with stage length less than 150 kms will now be per­mit­ted for op­er­a­tions as RCS Routes through fixed wing air­craft. This is aimed at pro­vid­ing en­hanced con­nec­tiv­ity and ease the for­ma­tion of net­works un­der the Scheme. While ex­clu­siv­ity of op­er­a­tions will con­tinue to be ap­pli­ca­ble for a pe­riod of 3 years, Se­lected Air­line Op­er­a­tors (SAO) can is­sue No-Ob­jec­tion Cer­tifi­cate (NOC) to other air­line op­er­a­tors will­ing to op­er­ate on the re­spec­tive RCS Route .This will en­sure there is no sup­ply con­straint on RCS Routes. To pro­vide more flex­i­bil­ity to Se­lected Air­line Op­er­a­tors (SAO), the max­i­mum num­ber of flights with VGF have been in­creased to 14 for Pri­or­ity Ar­eas. Fur­ther, the SAOs can any­time in­crease the num­ber of flights on RCS Routes to any num­ber. Also, min­i­mum per­for­mance spec­i­fi­ca­tions will no longer be ap­pli­ca­ble on Non-RCS Routes. He­li­copter op­er­a­tions un­der the Scheme are limited to Pri­or­ity Ar­eas only. To en­cour­age this, the VGF Caps for he­li­copters has been in­creased and 10% of the es­ti­mated an­nual in­flows in the RCF will be ear­marked for he­li­copter op­er­a­tions. Fur­ther, all 13 pas­sen­ger seats for he­li­copters will be con­sid­ered as RCS Seats and VGF will be pro­vided ac­cord­ingly.

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