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Air Deccan gets DGCA permit for Udan scheme

 The Directorate General of Civil Aviation or the DGCA has granted Air Deccan the flying permit to operate under the UDAN scheme.

According to media reports, the scheduled commuter operator (SCO) permit to Air Deccan, which is promoted by GR Gopinath, has been handed over to the airline that will pave the way for the airline to operate flights under the regional connectivity scheme.

Earlier, the airline was holding a non-scheduled operator permit.

Air Deccan, which has bagged 34 routes in the first round of bidding for the scheme announced that the inaugural flight will take off for Jalgaon from Mumbai today on 23 December. Besides, the airline also plans to connect Nashik and Kolhapur.

UDAN scheme aims at making air travel affordable to the common citizen of the country. Expansion of UDAN is Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik meaning ‘Let the common citizen of the country fly’. Shortage of manpower and infrastructure facilities may lead to delay in implementing this scheme for all important small towns in the country, analysts observe.


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