Tourist routes in fo­cus for UDAN 3

The re­sults of Min­istry of Civil Avi­a­tion (MoCA’s) Ude Desh ka Aam Na­grik (UDAN) scheme’s Round 3 wit­nessed a ma­jor in­clu­sion of tourism routes in co­or­di­na­tion with MOT.

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Un­der UDAN 3, MoCA awarded 235 routes to dif­fer­ent air­lines, out of which 46 are tourism routes, and 189 are un­der Re­gional Con­nec­tiv­ity Scheme. Suresh Prabhu, Union Min­is­ter of Civil Avi­a­tion, said, “We are work­ing closely with Min­istry of Tourism and Min­istry of Com­merce as we have sanc­tioned a pro­gramme of 12 cham­pion sec­tors of ser­vice de­vel­op­ment un­der which ` 5000 crores were al­lowed as sanc­tions. Part of that money is be­ing given to MOT which in turn is giv­ing that money to avi­a­tion min­istry for th­ese routes.”

Ra­jeev Nayan Choubey,

For­mer Sec­re­tary, Civil Avia time, MOT came on board for the UDAN scheme. “MOT asked us to con­duct tourism route-wise bid­ding, for which they will be pro­vid­ing funds. The dif­fer­ence be­tween MOT route and the con­ven­tional RCS UDAN route is that MOT wants tourist places to be con­nected among them­selves. It may hap­pen that the air­port, which they are want­ing may have enough des­ti­na­tions. Hence, the MOT’s in­ten­tion was that we should con­duct the bid­ding, not for in­di­vid­ual air­ports,

but for routes which are in turn got the list of routes col­lated by in­ter­act­ing with tourism pro­fes­sion­als, both in the pri­vate sec­tor as well as the gov­ern­ment sec­tor, in­clud­ing state gov­ern­ments and other stake­hold­ers be­fore giv­ing it to us,” he said.

As pro­posed by MOT, two dif­fer­ent types of routes were made avail­able to the air­lines—Un-served routes con­nect­ing un-served/un­der­served air­ports (RCS routes) and Un­der-served routes con­nect­ing served air­ports, which would be called tourism routes. How­ever, there will be no ex­clu­siv­ity of op­er­a­tions for the air­line as well as no air­port con­ces­sions.

Choubey claimed that there are four new fea­tures in UDAN - sion of tourism routes in co­or­di­na­tion with MOT. The sec­ond in­no­va­tion is the in­clu­sion of North East Re­gion (NER) routes. Th­ese are cer­tain routes in the North East re­gion where Al­liance Air had been on nom­i­na­tion ba­sis. Un­der UDAN 3, we have de­cided that th­ese routes should also be brought within the am­bit of the bid­ding pa­ram­e­ter so that any air­line wish­ing to take those routes at the low­est pos­si­ble cost should be able to do so. Thirdly, we are launch­ing sea­plane op­er­a­tions for con­nect­ing wa­ter aero­dromes. The fourth in­no­va­tion is UDAN In­ter­na­tional in which in­terna from Guwa­hati to Bangkok and Guwa­hati to Dhaka.”

Un­der UDAN 3, 16 un­served air­ports, 17 un­der­served air­ports and six wa­ter aero­dromes will be con­nected, apart from 50 served air­ports. Elab­o­rat­ing about the wa­ter aero­dromes, Prabhu re­vealed that the des­ti­na­tions con­nected by sea­planes will in­clude Guwa­hati River Front, Na­gar­juna Sa­gar, Sabar­mati River Front, Sha­trun­jay Dam, Statue of Unity and Um­rangso Reser­voir. “We are happy that un­der UDAN 3, a stag­ger­ing 69 lakh new seats will be added. We are now set to move into the next round that will be UDAN 3.5,” he re­vealed.

Suresh Prabhu Union Min­is­ter of Civil Avi­a­tion

Ra­jeev Nayan Choubey For­mer Sec­re­tary Civil Avi­a­tion

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