New Deli: As many as 22 new flight routes including Bhubaneswar to Prayagraj and Bhopal have been made operational in the last 3 days under the UDAN scheme.
According to a Ministry of Civil Aviation release, 6 new routes have been operationalised in north-east region. First direct flight from Shillong (Meghalaya) to Agartala (Tripura) under the UDAN scheme was flagged off on Tuesday after the successful flight operations on Shillong (Meghalaya)-Silchar (Assam) route on Monday.
On March 28, as many as 18 new routes were flagged off under the UDAN scheme. The routes that commenced operations were Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh (UP) to Lucknow (UP), Kurnool (Andhra Pradesh) to Bangalore (Karnataka), Visakhapatnam (AP), and Chennai (Tamil Nadu); from Agra (UP) to Bangalore (Karnataka) & Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh); Prayagraj (UP) to Bhubaneswar (Odisha) & Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh). In addition to these routes, new flight connectivity was established from Dibrugarh (Assam) to Dimapur (Nagaland).
The Indigo airlines was awarded the Shillong-Agartala, Shillong-Silchar, Kurnool-Bangalore, Visakhapatnam, and Chennai routes under the UDAN 4 bidding process last year. In addition to these, Agra to Bangalore and Agra to Bhopal route was awarded under UDAN 3, Prayagraj to Bhubaneswar and Prayagraj to Bhopal route under UDAN 2, and Dibrugarh to Dimapur under UDAN 3. Alliance Air was awarded the Lucknow– Gorakhpur route under the UDAN 3.
Till date, 57 unserved and underserved airports (including 5 heliports + 2 water aerodrome) with 347 routes have been operationalised under UDAN across India.