Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju today announced the name of
73 new airports and helipads to be set-up under the Regional Connectivity
He announced the results of second bidding round of UDAN at a press conference
in New Delhi. The ambitious scheme Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik-UDAN seeks to boost
regional air connectivity and provides various incentives to airlines. He said,
out of 73, forty-three will be constructed in North-East and the hill states
and will add 29 lakh seats annually.
The fare for a one hour journey of approximately 500 kilometres on a fixed-wing
aircraft or for a 30-minute journey on a helicopter will be capped at two
thousand 500 rupees under the scheme.
He said, under the scheme, Uttarakhand will get 15 airports and helipads, 9 in
Uttar Pradesh, eight in Arunachal Pradesh and 6 in Himachal Pradesh and five each
in Assam and Manipur.
The Minister said, for the first time, Kargil will also have air connectivity.
Mr Raju said the government is transforming the aviation ecosystem, making it
affordable and accessible to the common man.
Minister of State Jayant Sinha said 4-5
cities were seeing explosion in flights under Udan II. These include Hubli and
Kopal in Karnataka. UDAN I and II is expected to cost the government over Rs
800 crore annually.
Aviation Secretary RN Choubey said Kargil will be connected by airport for the
first time. New greenfield airport in Kannur will get flights to 8 cities while
Allahabad will be connected to 12 cities, he added.