MoU signed by ANC and AAI for promotion of inter-island connectivity under UDAN scheme
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An MoU was signed by the Andaman and Nicobar Command and the Airport Authority of India at Port Blair on 28 July to promote inter-island connectivity under the UDAN scheme.
According to the MoU, naval airfields at Shibpur (at Diglipur) and Campbell Bay in North Andaman will be used for civilian operations.
Passenger flights will directly connect Port Blair to Diglipur and Campbell Bay, two separate ends of the archipelago.
Now the bidding process will be started for operational flights.
This will pave the way for infrastructure development and passenger terminals on these remote islands.
As per the vision of the UDAN scheme, a low-cost 20-passenger flight will be operated between these islands.
Diglipur is the third most populous city in the Andaman, while a major transshipment port is to be built at Campbell Bay.
Having a direct flight from Port Blair to Diglipur and Campbell will ease the hardship of daily commuters.
This will also boost tourism development.
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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