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.

Important facts

  • 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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