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