Ministry of Civil Aviation Launches UDAN 5.0

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Ministry of Civil Aviation Launches UDAN 5.0

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has launched the 5th phase of Regional Air Connectivity Scheme (RCS) Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) to further enhance connectivity in remote and regional areas of the country and achieve last mile air connectivity.

Key Features of Udaan 5.0

  • This phase of UDAN focuses on Tier-II (20-80 seats) and Tier-III (80 seats).

  • The 600 km limit of the first phase has been done away with and there is no restriction for the distance between the origin and destination of the flight.

  • The Viability Gap Funding (VGF) to be provided will be capped at a distance of 600 km for priority and non-priority areas, which was 500 km.

  • No predetermined route will be offered. Only the network proposed by the airlines and the individual route proposal will be considered.

  • A route shall not be assigned to an airline more than once, whether on different networks or within the same network.

  • Airlines will have to start operations within 4 months of being granted the route. Earlier this time limit was 6 months.

About UDAN scheme

  • Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) was launched in 2016 as a Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) under the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

  • Its objective is to provide affordable, economically viable and profitable air travel on regional routes to the common man even in small towns.

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