UDAN Phase-II: Regional Connectivity scheme for North eastern , hills

UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) under its phase-II of the government’s flagship scheme is going to introduce the routes which are going to be served by helicopters apart from fixed-wing aircraft.Almost Around 40 per cent, or 129, UDANof the 325 air routes awarded under the second phase of the regional connectivity scheme (UDAN) are focused on Northeastern and hill states of the country.

Facts and Information.

  • Includes strategic airports such as Kargil in Jammu & Kashmir, Pakyong in Sikkim, and Tezu in Arunachal Pradesh, where civilian air connectivity is going to be provided for the first time.
  • Seeing Poor response from fixed-wing operators in the first phase of the scheme in difficult terrains, the government tweaked the guidelines of the project to allow helicopters to fly in to these regions. In this round, four helicopter operators — Heligo Charters, Heritage Aviation, Pawan Hans, and Skyone Airways  are going to ferry passengers .
  • Routes will also be served by helicopters apart from fixed-wing aircraft.
  • After the bidding process for second round of Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) Viability gap funding or subsidy for 50 per cent of the seats is being offered at discounted rates by airlines.
  • Around 80 airports in the country are added under UDAN-I and II scheme .
  • Problem of (poor air connectivity) to difficult areas is also addressed under the scheme.
  • Funds are going to be gathered from the Airports Authority of India’s (AAI) in regards to the regional connectivity fund.

About UDAN Scheme.

Aimed at making air travel affordable and widespread Government of India had he objective of “Let the common citizen of the country fly” formed into  – UDAN-RCS, UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) is a regional airport development and “Regional Connectivity Scheme” (RCS) of, which is aimed to bring inclusive national economic development, job growth and air transport infrastructure development of all regions and states of India.

The scheme has two components.

  1. The First component aims in developing new and enhancing the existing regional airports to increase the number of operational airports for the scheduled civilian flights.
  2.  The Second component is planned such as it will add several hundred financially feasible airfare routes to connect more than 100 underserved and unserved airports in smaller towns with each other as well as with well served airports in bigger cities by using “Viability Gap Funding” (VGF) where needed.

Viability Gap Funding – 

Designed as a Plan Scheme , Viability Gap Finance means a grant to support projects that are economically justified but not financially viable.

  • The scheme is  to be administered by the Ministry of Finance

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