The Ministry of Civil Aviation on January 25 awarded routes to airlines under the third phase of its regional connectivity scheme (RCS) or UDAN.
73 networks, consisting of 235 routes have been identified in the third phase of the RCS. Of these, 23 are priority routes (routes connecting hilly areas of Himachal and Uttrakhand, north-east states and J&K), 166 routes other than priority and 46 routes proposed by the ministry of tourism, which would connect airports to tourist destinations in order to boost tourism in the state.
The 235 routes will now provide connectivity to 16 new airports, 17 under-served airports, 50 served airports and six aerodromes, taking the total connectivity to 89 airports under the third phase.
Read more of this in a report by Nikita Vashisht published in Money Control...