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Centre plans to facilitate 1000 Routes and 220 airports by 2026

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The Central government has taken an initiative to facilitate 1000 new air routes and establish 220 new airports by 2026 under the UDAN scheme.

Centre plans for infrastructural development

The air services in the country are being democratized under the UDAN project, and efforts are on to achieve the target of putting in place 1,000 airways and 220 airports by 2026.

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Centre plans to facilitate 1000 Routes and 220 airports by 2026

The Ministry of Civil Aviation’s flagship program Regional Connectivity Scheme UDAN (UdeDeshkaAamNagrik) has completed 5 years of success since the launch of its first flight by the Prime Minister on April 27, 2017.

The scheme was initiated on October 21, 2016 with the objective to fulfil the aspirations of the common citizen by following the vision of ‘UdeDeshkaAamNagrik’, with an advanced gliding infrastructure and air connectivity in tier II and tier III cities.

It is to be noted that in the last five years, UDAN has significantly increased the regional air-connectivity in the country. There were 74 operational airports in 2014. Due to the UDAN scheme this number has increased to 141 by now.

Moreover, 68 underserved/unserved destinations which include 58 Airports, 8 Heliports & 2 Water Aerodromes have been connected under UDAN scheme. UDAN has provided air connectivity to more than 29 States/UTs across the length and breadth of the country including new routes initiated under the scheme.

As much as one crore passengers have availed the benefits of this scheme as on 4th August 2022. The scheme has also provided a much-needed platform to the regional carriers to scale up their operations.

Minister of Civil Aviation Shri Jyotiraditya M. Scindia said, “The Success of RCS UDAN is a demonstration of the government’s commitment to the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik’. It has played a great role in the transformation of the Indian aviation industry.

So far under this scheme, we have 425 routes aiming to go up to 1000 routes, 68 new airports aiming to touch 100 airports. In the next 4 years we are expecting 40 crore travelers through Civil Aviation in India. That day is not far when along with rail transport and road transport Civil Aviation will become the bulwark of the transportation in India.”

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