• Draft of revised rules for UDAN likely in two weeks

    The government is likely to complete in the next two weeks framing of the draft of revised rules for its scheme to promote low cost air travel and put up for stakeholder consultations, as it prepares for the second round of bidding by airlines.
    The Ministry of Civil Aviation undertook a comprehensive review of the rules, including those relating to the number of discounted seats in a plane and exclusive flying rights for carriers on select routes, under its regional connectivity scheme (RCS).
    “In another two weeks we will be putting out the RCS (rules) with amendments for public consultations,” Ministry of Civil Aviation Secretary R N Choubey told PTI.
    Without elaborating on the specifics, the top official said the revision is being done with an emphasis on increasing competition.
    “Our intention is to decrease entry barriers and increase competition. We would like to bring as many players as possible. We want to create a level-playing field so that small players can bid aggressively,” Choubey added.
    In the first round of bidding, which concluded in March, five airline operators were awarded 128 routes.
    The regional connectivity scheme became operational last month with the first flight under it being inaugurated on the Shimla-Delhi route. Josh Reynolds Jersey

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