Second round of bidding for UDAN routes in next three months

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New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) The central government on Friday said that the second round of bidding for air routes under the regional connectivity scheme — UDAN — is likely to conclude within the next three months.

Minister for State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said this during a media interaction here.

According to the minister, the central government will host an event under the second round of bidding for UDAN routes to invite all interested cities and airlines which want to be part of the scheme.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the highly-subsidised regional air connectivity scheme from Shimla.

The Rs 2,500-an-hour flight launched on Thursday is part of ‘Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik’ (UDAN) scheme that makes air travel more affordable to the common people. It also plans to enhance connectivity with more airports in the country.

The first regional flight under the scheme was flagged off between Shimla and Delhi from Jubbarhatti, the tabletop airport located 2,196 metres above the sea level and 22 km from Himachal Pradesh capital Shimla.

–IANS

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