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New milestone in aerial connectivity in North Eastern India

Through UDAN (Regional Connectivity Scheme), flight operations between the Capital City of Manipur (Imphal) and Meghalaya (Shillong) have been established on 3rd August 2021.

Due to the non-availability of any direct mode of transportation, people were compelled to cover a 12-hour long journey by road to reach Shillong from Imphal or they had to take a flight to Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati, then bus service to reach Shillong. The completion of the entire journey took more than 1 day to reach Shillong from Imphal or vice-versa. Now, natives can easily fly between the two cities by opting for a flight of just 60 mins from Imphal to Shillong and 75 mins from Shillong to Imphal. Shillong is the second city to be connected with Imphal under the UDAN scheme. 

To keep the fares affordable, airlines are being provided Viability Gap Funding (VGF) under the UDAN scheme by the central government.

Indigo airlines will operate four flights in a week and will deploy its 78-seater ATR 72 aircraft.

Till date, 361 routes and 59 airports (including 5 heliports and 2 water aerodromes) have been operationalized under the UDAN scheme. The scheme is envisaged to establish strong aerial connectivity in all States and UTs of the country which hitherto were not connected, laying the foundation of a new regional segment in India’s aviation market.

Flight No 7959 will Depart from Imphal at 9.55am and reach Shillong at 10.55am. The return flight no 7961 will depart from Shillong at 11.15am and reach Imphal at 12.30pm

#Imphal #Manipur #UDAN #Shillong #Meghalaya

22 new routes operationalised in last three days under UDAN scheme


As many as 22 new routes have been operationalised in the last three days under the UDAN scheme out of which 6 new routes have been operationalised in North-East India. 

The first direct flight from Shillong (Meghalaya) to Agartala (Tripura) under the UDAN scheme was flagged off today after the successful commencement of the flight operations on Shillong (Meghalaya)- Silchar (Assam) route yesterday.

On 28th March 2021, 18 new routes were flagged off under the UDAN scheme. The routes that commenced operations were Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh) to Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) which is a state-supported UDAN route, Kurnool (Andhra Pradesh) to Bangalore (Karnataka), Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), and Chennai (Tamil Nadu), from Agra (Uttar Pradesh) to Bangalore (Karnataka) and Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), from Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh) to Bhubaneswar (Odisha) and Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh). In addition to these routes, new flight connectivity was established from Dibrugarh (Assam) to Dimapur (Nagaland).


First direct flight operations flagged off on Belgaum and Nashik route


The first direct flight operations between Nashik (Maharashtra) and Belgaum (Karnataka) commenced yesterday under the RCS-UDAN (Regional Connectivity Scheme — Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) of the Government of India. An 85-year-old beneficiary took to the skies for the first time on this flight.

With the operationalization of this route, the aerial connectivity of Belgaum has expanded to 10 destinations across India. The Belgaum airport has emerged as the third busiest airport in terms of traffic in Karnataka, after Bengaluru and Mangaluru.

Several requests were received to start Belgaum-Nashik route as no direct flight/train operations were there between these cities, till date and people were forced to travel by road and suffer a long journey of more than 10 hours.

Nasik is a big tourist and business destination as it is one of the four pilgrimage sites that organises Kumbh Mela. It also serves as the gateway city for the Shirdi Sai Temple and Trimbakeshwar Temple attracting lakhs of tourists every year. Also, due to the presence of a majority of India's vineyards and wineries in the city, Nashik is also known as the Grape and Wine capital of India and attracts business community. Further, many people take this route to visit Kolhapur and Goa for tourism and business purposes. Now, these people can travel at ease by opting for a flight of just 60 minutes.

Star Air was awarded the Belgaum-Nashik route during the UDAN 3 bidding process. The airlines are being provided Viability Gap Funding (VGF) under the UDAN scheme to keep the fares affordable and accessible for the common people. The airline will be operating thrice-weekly flights on the route and will deploy its 50-seater Embraer ERJ-145 aircraft. The route marks the commencement of the 15th UDAN route by the airline.

The flight schedule is mentioned below:

Origin - Destination - Departure - Arrival - Frequency

Belgaum - Nashik - 16:40 - 17:40 - Mon, Fri, Sun

Nashik - Belgaum - 18:15 - 19:15 - Mon, Fri, Sun

Officials of the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and Airpor Authority of India (AAI) were present at the launch of the flight operations. Till date, 311 routes have been operationalized under the UDAN scheme.

#UDAN #Belgaum #Nasik

First Direct Flight Operations Flagged Off From Kalaburagi to Hindon


The first direct flight operations from Kalaburagi in Karnataka to Hindon Airport, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh were flagged off today under the RCS-UDAN (Regional Connectivity Scheme – Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik).

The officials of the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and Airport Authority of India (AAI) were present at the launch.

Commencement of the flight operations on the Kalaburagi – Delhi (Hindon) route is in line with the commitment and perseverance of MoCA and AAI to enable the country with better air connectivity under the UDAN scheme according to an official release.

Till date, 295 routes and 53 airports including 5 heliports and 2 Water Aerodromes have been operationalized under the UDAN scheme.

The airline, Star Air was awarded the Kalaburagi - Hindon route under the RCS-UDAN-3 bidding process last year. The airline will be operating three weekly flights on the route and will deploy its 50-seater Embraer-145 luxury aircraft. It currently connects 15 routes under UDAN and with the addition of the Kalaburagi – Hindon route, there will be 16 routes under the ambit of RCS-UDAN for Star Air.

Situated at a distance of less than 30 km from New Delhi, Hindon airport belongs to the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the land was handed over to AAI for development of new civil enclave. IAF granted necessary permissions for usage of the airbase for civilian flights under UDAN scheme.

Similarly, Kalaburagi airport which is at a distance of 13.8kms from the Kalaburagi city too been operationalized under UDAN to boost the aerial connectivity of Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities of the country. Kalaburagi which is known for its culture and is a gateway for tourist destinations including Buddha Vihar, Sharana Basaveshwara Temple, Khwaja Banda Nawaz Dargah and, Gulbarga Fort is now connected with New Delhi, the capital of India with direct flights for the first time. This will act as a catalyst to boost the trade & tourism of the region.

Until now, the people had to face tremendous inconvenience to cover the journey from Kalaburagi to Hindon. Due to the unavailability of direct flight operations between the two cities, people had to travel either by road or had to opt for rail travel, which took more than 25 hours to cover the distance of 1600 km.

Now, they can take a direct flight and cover this long-distance journey in just 2-hour 20 minutes. Many people travel frequently between these two cities for personal as well as professional purposes. People from Bijapur, Solapur, Bidar, Osmanabad, Latur, Yadgir, Ranga Reddy, Medak would also receive the direct benefit of the flight operations on Kalaburagi – Hindon route.

Pic Courtesy - Airports Authority of India

#UDAN #Karnataka #UttarPradesh

Centre has sanctioned Rs 108 cr under UDAN for upgradation of 3 Chhattisgarh Airports: Hardeep Singh Puri

Government of India has sanctioned Rs 48 crores for Jagdalpur (expenditure incurred Rs 45 crore), Rs 27 crore for Ambikapur (expenditure incurred Rs 27 crore) and Rs 33 crore for Bilaspur (expenditure made Rs 20 crore) under UDAN scheme for up-gradation and development of 3 Airports in Chhattisgarh, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri informed today.  

Speaking at the inauguration of flight operations by Alliance Air from Jagdalpur (Chhattisgarh) to Raipur (Chhattisgarh) and Hyderabad (Telangana) under UDAN scheme today through a virtual event, Mr Puri said that this air connectivity will fulfil the aspirations of people of the region and provide impetus to the local economy. 

Air India’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Alliance Air was awarded this route under the UDAN 3 bidding process. The airline will operate daily flights and will deploy 72-seater luxury ATR 70 aircraft on this route. With the commencement of the Jagdalpur-Raipur-Hyderabad route, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has operationalized a total of 285 routes under RCS-UDAN. 

Meanwhile, Mr Puri today informed the Rajya Sabha in a written reply that 78 new routes have been identified and approved under 1st phase of UDAN 4.0 and Airports Authority of India, the Implementing Agency, is in the process of awarding these routes to the Selected Airline Operators (SAOs). 

#HardeepSinghPuri #UDAN #MonsoonSessionParliament2020 #RajyaSabha #UDAN4.0 #Chhattisgarh

Bookings for daily flights from Darbhanga to start by September end: Hardeep Singh Puri

The bookings for daily flights will start by end of September from Darbhanga to Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri stated today.  

After reviewing the groundwork of Darbhanga airport in Bihar, he informed that flight operations will begin in the first week of November, before the auspicious festival of Chhath Puja.  

Expressing satisfaction over the progress of work of Darbhanga airport, Mr Puri said that most of the work at the airport is almost complete. He added that arrival and departure halls, check-in facility, conveyor belt etc. have already been installed and remaining work will be completed before end of October. Spicejet has already been awarded this route under RCS-UDAN. 

Flight calibration by Spicejet took place today while the Minister was at the Darbhanga Airport.  

The Minister, who also reviewed the status of Deoghar airport in Jharkhand today, said that the work at the Deogarh airport is at an advanced stage and will be completed on schedule. 

He further stated that the Government would be taking some key decisions in this regard by next week. 

#Bihar #Jharkhand #HardeepSinghPuri #DarbhangaAirport #UDAN #DeograhAirport

78 New Routes Approved Under UDAN 4.0, focus on North East

78 new routes under the 4th round of Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS)- UdeDesh Ka AamNagrik (UDAN) have been approved following three successful rounds of bidding by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, an official statement said today.

This will further enhance the connectivity to remote and regional areas of the country. The North Eastern Region, Hilly States and Islands have been given priority in the approval process for the new routes.

Special boost is being given to connectivity in North East with routes from Guwahati to Tezu, Rupsi, Tezpur, Passighat, Misa and Shillong. People will be able to fly from Hissar to Chandigarh, Dehradun and Dharmshala under these UDAN 4 routes. Routes from Varanasi to Chitrakoot and Shravasti have also been approved. Agatti, Kavaratti and Minicoy islands of Lakshadweep have also been connected by the new routes of UDAN 4.0.

So far, 766 routes have been sanctioned under the UDAN scheme.

#UDAN #UDAN4.0 #NorthEast #MinistryofCivilAviation