Seventy-eight new routes finalised under UDAN

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At least 78 new routes under the 4th round of Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS)- UdeDesh Ka AamNagrik (UDAN) have been approved following the three successful rounds of bidding by the Ministry of Civil Aviation. 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. 29 served, 08 unserved (including 02 heliports and 01 water aerodrome), and 02 underserved airports have been included in the list for approved routes.

The 4th round of UDAN was launched in December 2019 with a special focus on North-Eastern Regions, Hilly States, and Islands. The airports that had already been developed by AAI are given higher priority for the award of VGF(Viability Gap Funding) under the Scheme. Under UDAN 4, the operation of helicopter and seaplanes is also been incorporated. Since its inception, MoCA has operationalized 274 UDAN routes that have connected 45 airports and 3 heliports.

The new approved RCS routes are as below:

S.No     RCS Routes

1     Guwahati To Tezu

2     Tezu To Imphal

3     Imphal To Tezu

4     Tezu To Guwahati

5     Guwahati To Rupsi

6     Rupsi To Kolkata

7     Kolkata To Rupsi

8     Rupsi To Guwahati

9     Bilaspur To Bhopal

10  Bhopal To Bilaspur

11  Hissar To Dharamshala

12  Dharamshala To Hissar

13  Hissar To Chandigarh

14  Chandigarh To Hissar

15  Hissar To Dehradun

16  Dehradun To Hissar

17  Kanpur(Chakeri) To Moradabad

18  Moradabad To Kanpur(Chakeri)

19  Kanpur(Chakeri) To Aligarh

20  Aligarh To Kanpur(Chakeri)

21  Kanpur(Chakeri) To Chitrakoot

22  Chitrakoot To Prayagraj/Allahabad

23  Prayagraj/Allahabad To Chitrakoot

24  Chitrakoot To Varanasi

25  Varanasi To Chitrakoot

26  Chitrakoot To Kanpur(Chakeri)

27  Kanpur(Chakeri) To Shravasti

28  Shravasti To Varanasi

29  Varanasi To Shravasti

30  Shravasti To Prayagraj/Allahabad

31  Prayagraj/Allahabad To Shravasti

32  Shravasti To Kanpur(Chakeri)

33  Bareilly To Delhi

34  Delhi To Bareilly

35  Cochin International Airport(CIAL) To Agatti

36  Agatti To Cochin International Airport(CIAL)

37  Aizawl To Tezpur

38  Tezpur To Aizawl

39  Agartala To Dibrugarh

40  Dibrugarh To Agartala

41  Shillong To Passighat

42  Passighat To Guwahati

43  Guwahati To Passighat

44  Passighat To Shillong

45  Guwahati To Tezpur

46  Tezpur To Guwahati

47  Guwahati To Misa(Heliport)

48  Misa(Heliport) To Geleki

49  Geleki To Jorhat

50  Jorhat To Geleki

51  Geleki To Misa(Heliport)

52  Misa(Heliport) To Guwahati

53  Agatti To Minicoy

54  Minicoy To Agatti

55  Agatti To Kavaratti

56  Kavaratti To Agatti

57  Guwahati To Shillong

58  Shillong To Dimapur

59  Dimapur To Shillong

60  Imphal To Silchar

61  Silchar To Imphal

62  Shillong To Guwahati

63  Agartala To Shillong

64  Shillong To Imphal

65  Imphal To Shillong

66  Shillong To Agartala

67  Imphal To Shillong

68  Shillong To Silchar

69  Silchar To Shillong

70  Shillong To Imphal

71  Shillong To Dibrugarh

72  Dibrugarh To Shillong

73  Delhi To Shimla

74  Shimla To Delhi

75  Diu To Surat

76  Surat To Diu

77  Diu To Vadodara

78  Vadodara To Diu

List of Unserved airports:

1.   Tezu, Arunachal Pradesh

2.   Rupsi, Assam

3.   Bilaspur, Chattisgarh

4.   Hisar, Haryana

5.   Misa (Heliport), Assam

6.   Geleki (Heliport), Assam

7.   Minicoy, Lakshadweep

8.   Kavaratti (Water aerodrome), Lakshadweep

List of Underserved airports:

1.   Agatti, Lakshadweep

2.   Passighat, Arunachal Pradesh

(Source: PIB)