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  • Udan Upshot: 36 of 108 airports to have single airline operator Apr 02, 2021 02:02 PM IST

    Udan Upshot: 36 of 108 airports to have single airline operator

    Alliance Air, a unit of Air India, leads the charge of keeping previously underserved routes on the aviation map. IndiGo, SpiceJet and Truejet too will enjoy monopoly in some airports.

  • A new pecking order among airlines at India’s busiest airport Mar 23, 2021 11:35 AM IST

    A new pecking order among airlines at India’s busiest airport

    Mumbai, the busiest single-runway airport in the world, has run out of slots. An analysis of the latest data on the airlines that gained and lost most at the airport.

  • COVID-19 was an opportunity to drive regional air connectivity, says Joint Secretary Usha Padhee Mar 10, 2021 04:29 PM IST

    COVID-19 was an opportunity to drive regional air connectivity, says Joint Secretary Usha Padhee

    While many of the airports in smaller towns have reported passenger traffic higher than pre-COVID-19 levels, passenger loads on UDAN routes are at 80 percent. Now the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Usha Padhee said in an interview with Moneycontrol, will soon start a 'special round of bidding' for UDAN routes.

  • A passage to India: Here’s how Indian MROs could end up servicing the world’s aircraft Mar 05, 2021 11:12 AM IST

    A passage to India: Here’s how Indian MROs could end up servicing the world’s aircraft

    The aircraft maintenance-repair-overhaul (MRO) industry is labour-intensive and requires skilled technicians. Like Information Technology, where India has become the back-office of the world, certain tweaks in taxation could see aircraft fly to India for MRO visits.

  • Why are Tier II and III cities seeing such a surge in air traffic? Feb 22, 2021 01:16 PM IST

    Why are Tier II and III cities seeing such a surge in air traffic?

    While the government has limited the capacity of flights, the cap does not apply on routes that are operated under the RCS–UDAN scheme. Tier II and III cities are also more reliant on SMEs and MSMEs for economic activity and unlike the city-based services sector, WFH is not so prevalent in these segments

  • SpiceJet launches 20 new flights on domestic routes; check details here Jan 30, 2021 05:04 PM IST

    SpiceJet launches 20 new flights on domestic routes; check details here

    After connecting Pakyong with Delhi, the airline will now also connect Pakyong with Kolkata under the government's regional connectivity scheme- UDAN.

  • SpiceJet introduces 30 new domestic flights, six from Bihar's Darbhanga Dec 17, 2020 05:13 PM IST

    SpiceJet introduces 30 new domestic flights, six from Bihar's Darbhanga

    SpiceJet has introduced new flights connecting Kolkata with Port Blair and Goa, Ahmedabad with Gwalior, Hyderabad with Vishakhapatnam, and Chennai with Shirdi. Bookings for all new routes are open.

  • Analysis: UDAN yet to truly take off as several routes remain non-operational Dec 08, 2020 12:22 PM IST

    Analysis: UDAN yet to truly take off as several routes remain non-operational

    The regional connectivity scheme, which envisions connecting Bharat to India, has no doubt helped people travel. But as with many other government schemes, the last thrust to make it a total success is lacking

  • This pilot-turned entrepreneur hopes to soar on UDAN routes. Giving him wings are 3-seater aircraft Aug 31, 2020 06:09 PM IST

    This pilot-turned entrepreneur hopes to soar on UDAN routes. Giving him wings are 3-seater aircraft

    Varun Suhag's Air Taxi, which has won rights to operate on 11 routes under UDAN, has a fleet of piston engine-powered aircraft

  • Northeast gets major mention in UDAN 4.0. IndiGo and Air India unit among major winners Aug 27, 2020 03:58 PM IST

    Northeast gets major mention in UDAN 4.0. IndiGo and Air India unit among major winners

    Of the 78 routes awarded in this round of the regional connectivity scheme, about 40 are from the northeast region

  • Coronavirus: Confusion reigns in Indian aviation, helping neither airlines nor passengers Apr 07, 2020 02:50 PM IST

    Coronavirus: Confusion reigns in Indian aviation, helping neither airlines nor passengers

    Are bookings open? Will flights take off? What happens to refunds if flights don’t take off? India’s aviation authoriries are caught in a dilemma between protecting the interests of passengers and those of airlines.

  • SpiceJet to launch 20 new flights on domestic routes from next month Feb 19, 2020 11:31 AM IST

    SpiceJet to launch 20 new flights on domestic routes from next month

    The new flights, starting from March 29, include services to Patna from Amritsar, Varanasi and Guwahati. Besides, it will also launch flights on Hyderabad-Mangaluru, Bengaluru-Jabalpur and Mumbai-Aurangabad routes, all under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS), for the first time on its network, the airline said in a release.

  • AAI to invite bids under Udan scheme's 4th round of bidding from Tuesday Dec 02, 2019 08:36 PM IST

    AAI to invite bids under Udan scheme's 4th round of bidding from Tuesday

    Under the scheme, financial incentives in terms of concessions from the Centre, state governments and airport operators are extended to selected airlines to encourage operations from unserved and undeserved airports, and keep airfares affordable.

  • SpiceJet to operate Hyderabad-Colombo among 12 new flights Mar 05, 2019 05:15 PM IST

    SpiceJet to operate Hyderabad-Colombo among 12 new flights

    In a statement, the airline said that it will start flights under the third phase of UDAN scheme where it bagged 22 proposals, highest among the 11 airlines that won rights to operate flights.

  • PM Modi to launch civilian flight ops from Hindon airbase, inaugurate Delhi Metro's new corridor on Mar 8 Mar 04, 2019 10:05 PM IST

    PM Modi to launch civilian flight ops from Hindon airbase, inaugurate Delhi Metro's new corridor on Mar 8

    The Indian Air Force permitted the use of the airbase for civilian flights under regional air connectivity scheme UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik).

  • SpiceJet to start 10 new UDAN flights between March 31 and April 15 Mar 01, 2019 09:51 PM IST

    SpiceJet to start 10 new UDAN flights between March 31 and April 15

    The regional connectivity scheme UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) seeks to connect unserved and under-served airports as well as make flying affordable.

  • SpiceJet puts Gwalior on its UDAN map Mar 01, 2019 05:55 PM IST

    SpiceJet puts Gwalior on its UDAN map

    While Gwalior is SpiceJet’s 52nd domestic destination, it is the airline’s 11th destination under UDAN.

  • Seaplane services to start at six places: Govt Feb 07, 2019 07:10 PM IST

    Seaplane services to start at six places: Govt

    Under regional connectivity scheme (UDAN), six water aerodrome sites have been awarded to start seaplane and helicopter services, Minister of State for Shipping, Pon Radhakrishnan said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

  • 21 UDAN routes connecting Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand to be bid in a week Feb 04, 2019 04:01 PM IST

    21 UDAN routes connecting Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand to be bid in a week

    Centre, on January 25, released 235 routes that were awarded under third phase of the scheme. Certain routes, however, were yet to be finalised in consultation with state governments and were withheld by the government

  • UDAN 3: Centre announces regional connectivity for 235 routes Jan 25, 2019 08:04 PM IST

    UDAN 3: Centre announces regional connectivity for 235 routes

    While initially 15 airlines had shown interest to fly under UDAN 3, 11 airlines have managed to bag routes.

  • Budget 2019 | UDAN scheme: Intent good but viability remains a concern Jan 25, 2019 06:02 PM IST

    Budget 2019 | UDAN scheme: Intent good but viability remains a concern

    UDAN, acronym for Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik, is a regional connectivity scheme which nudged airlines to operate over routes that were either undeserved or not served at all.

  • Centre not considering allocating routes to Air Odisha, Air Deccan under UDAN 3 Jan 16, 2019 01:50 PM IST

    Centre not considering allocating routes to Air Odisha, Air Deccan under UDAN 3

    AAI had cancelled licence of both these private airlines, established to provide regional connectivity, on 58 routes in November 2018.

  • Opinion | UDAN – flying on a wing and a prayer Jan 09, 2019 03:33 PM IST

    Opinion | UDAN – flying on a wing and a prayer

    It is becoming increasingly clear that only large and established airlines can take advantage of the scheme

  • Andaman to be first Island to operate seaplanes under UDAN-3 Jan 08, 2019 04:33 PM IST

    Andaman to be first Island to operate seaplanes under UDAN-3

    Sector experts see the move as a “great step” to improve tourism in the region apart from Port Blair, the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands

  • Guwahati to Dhaka to be first international flight under UDAN: Govt Official Jan 08, 2019 03:48 PM IST

    Guwahati to Dhaka to be first international flight under UDAN: Govt Official

    Assam, especially Guwahati, had requisite funds which made it eligible to take international flights, the official said

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