REPUBLIC DAY: AVIATION MINISTRY TABLEAU HIGHLIGHTS UDAN AMID PUSH TO EXPAND IT

The civil aviation ministry’s tableau at the Republic Day parade highlighted the ‘Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN)’ scheme amid a push for starting international flights this year under the regional connectivity programme.

As many as 403 flights connect 65 underserved airports under the scheme and over eight million people have benefitted from UDAN.

The government invited bids for international flights in late 2018 under the scheme but it was forced to halt the process due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which hit the aviation industry globally. The pandemic also led to the suspension of scheduled commercial international passenger flights.

The process to take the UDAN scheme beyond the country’s borders has now resumed. The government has received a favourable response as well, said a civil aviation ministry official. “Earlier the tender process was halted due to Covid-19 and uncertainty of international operations. The last date for submitting bids in the current bidding process is January 28. We expect the process to be completed soon,” he said, requesting anonymity.

News Source : Hindustan Times

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