The Union’s civil aviation minister, Jyotiraditya Scindia, announced new flights on Sunday under the UDAN scheme to connect small towns with the subways. The flights use lesser-used airports in the country and try to offer affordable flights to the people of the country.
“Great news for Madhya Pradesh! Launch 8 new flights from July 16 via @flyspicejet: Gwalior-Mumbai-Gwalior, Gwalior-Pune-Gwalior, Jabalpur-Surat-Jabalpur, Ahmedabad-Gwalior-Ahmedaba. @MoCA_GoI and the aviation industry are committed to #UDAN to greater heights!” Scindia said in the tweet.
The center plans to operationalize 100 unmanned and underserved airports and start at least 1,000 air routes under a regional connectivity scheme called UDAN scheme (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik).
The scheme aims to improve connectivity to remote and regional areas of the country and make air travel affordable. It is an important part of the Centre’s national civil aviation policy, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and launched in June 2016.
Under the scheme, nearly half of the seats on Udan flights will be offered at subsidized fares, and the participating airlines will receive a certain amount of Viability Deficit Financing (VGF) – an amount shared between the Center and the concerned states.
This is one of the first decisions made by Scindia, who was in charge of the Ministry of Civil Aviation last week.
Scindia, a prominent leader from Madhya Pradesh, was sworn in as minister following a reshuffle carried out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last Wednesday. He joined BJP in March 2020 and is a member of Rajya Sabha.
Born on January 1, 1971, Scindia is educated at Harvard and Stanford institutions.