New Delhi: With focus on connectivity of North eastern region, UDAN 4.0 scheme under the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) said in a Press communication today it has invited bids for 6 underserved and 24 unserved airports & airstrips in the North East (NE) states of India. The Ministry has also recognized one Water Aerodrome location that is up for bidding in the region.
efforts are constantly being undertaken to provide aerial connectivity to the region, said the Ministry, adding that the move will not only boost tourism but will also transform the economic situation of the region. Under the UDAN 4.0 scheme, MoCA is also providing additional Viability Gap Funding (VGF) of around 25% to airlines.
MoCA aims to operationalize 1,000 routes and more than 100 airports in the next five years. This would be achieved by focusing on operationalizing routes in Priority Areas. AAI would focus on developing the no-frills airport in the future and routes connecting such airports would be prioritized for the award of VGF. The market would be incentivized to develop short-haul routes only, providing connectivity to nearby airports.
Airports available for bidding under UDAN 4.0 in North Eastern Region:
List of Unserved Airports/Airstrips up for bidding:
Arunachal Pradesh – Alinya, Along, Daparizo, Mechuka, Tuting, Vijaynagar, Walong, Yinghiong, Ziro
Assam – Chabua, Darrang, Dinjan, Ledo, Misa Mari, Nazira, Sadiya, Sorbhog, Sukerating (Dum Duma)
Meghalaya – Dwara, Shella, Tura
Tripura – Kailashahar, Kamalpur, Khowai
List of Underserved Airports/Airstrips up for bidding:
Arunachal Pradesh – Passighat & Tezu
Assam – Jorhat, Rupsi, Tezpur
Meghalaya – Shillong
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