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Flying Low

The ambitious UDAN Scheme has got off to a slow start as airlines navigate the challenging operating conditions after the initial enthusiasm.

In June 2018, Jet Airways and IndiGo started flights under the ambitious regional connectivity scheme (RCS), christened as UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik). As Jet's Delhi to Nashik and IndiGo's Hubli to Kochi flights took to the skies, it marked the turning of a new chapter in the history of UDAN RCS a scheme that envisages use of small aircraft to connect unserved and underserved airports to regional centres near them.

From finding a mention in the National Civil Aviation Plan, or NCAP, in 2016, until Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated it in April 2017, the scheme made operational under a team led by Civil Aviation Secretary R.N. Choubey has managed to connect several remote cities and towns such as Jharsaguda, Jalgaon and Jagdalpur, and also re connect places such as Shimla, Nanded and Kadappa. The second round of bidding a few months ago attracted

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