New Delhi: With a focus on connectivity of Islands, UDAN 4.0 scheme under the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has invited bids for 3 unserved airports/airstrips in Andaman & Nicobar Island and 1 underserved airport/airstrip in Lakshadweep Island. The ministry has also recognized 4 Water Aerodromes locations in Andaman & Nicobar Island and 2 in Lakshadweep Islands that are up for bidding.
The efforts are in the direction to provide aerial connectivity to the region, said the Ministry in a Press Communication today, 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 the airlines.
The route connecting Cochin – Agatti is currently operated by Alliance Air. The Ministry of Home Affairs aiming to promote the route Cochin-Agatti-Cochin further, intends more airlines to operate this route. Accordingly, as an exception to the Scheme, the Cochin-Agatti route has been incorporated under the current version of the Scheme to provide additional connectivity to the island region.
The MoCA said it aims to operationalize 1,000 routes and more than 100 airports in the next five years, which will be achieved by focusing on operationalizing routes in Priority Areas.
AAI will focus on developing the no-frills airport in the future and routes connecting such airports will 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:
- List of Unserved Airports / Airstrips up for bidding:
- Campbell Bay – Andaman & Nicobar(UT)
- Car Nicobar – Andaman & Nicobar(UT)
- Shibpur – Andaman & Nicobar(UT)
- List of Underserved Airports / Airstrips up for bidding:
- Agatti – Lakshadweep Island
- List of Water Aerodromes up for bidding:
- Hutbay – Andaman & Nicobar – Unserved
- Long Island – Andaman & Nicobar – Underserved
- Neil Island – Andaman & Nicobar – Underserved
- Havelock – Andaman & Nicobar – Underserved
- Minicoy – Lakshadweep – Unserved
- Kavaratti – Lakshadweep – Unserved
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