Airports Authority of India (AAI) is planning to build 100 new aviation facilities under UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) by 2024. For the unaware, UDAN is a scheme by the Indian government to develop and connect regional airports of the country. UDAN aims to make air travel affordable for every citizen of India. As per a PTI report, in its effort to boost the UDAN initiative, AAI is going to build 100 new airports, waterdromes, and heliports in the next 4 fours. More on the story ahead.
AAI to Build New Aviation Facilities Under UDAN by 2024
AAI Chairman, Arvind Sing commented that the group is ready and dedicated for building the required infrastructure to support the scheme across the country.
According to a release, “50 unserved and underserved airports (including five heliports) with 285 routes have been added under UDAN across the length and breadth of India. As the implementing agency, AAI has an ambitious plan to develop at least 100 airports/ waterdromes/ heliports by 2024 under the scheme.”
October 21, 2020, Wednesday, marked the fourth anniversary of UDAN. To commemorate the occasion, in an online video conference, Civil Aviation Secretary, Pradeep Sing Kharola said that all the stakeholders must work together to make the scheme more sustainable and improve its efficiency.
Air India to Fly 7 Weekly Planes to Germany
Along with this, the tussle between India and Germany has finally come to rest, at least for now. Hardeep Sing Puri, Civil Aviation Minister of India, said that Air India will be operating 7 weekly flights to Frankfurt, Germany now. Out of the 7 flights, 5 flights will be operated from Delhi, and 2 flights will be operated from Bangalore.
Lufthansa, on the other hand, will now operate a total of 10 weekly flights against its 20 that it used to fly earlier. Out of the 10 flights, 4 will operate from Delhi, 3 from Mumbai, and 3 from Bangalore and back.
Air India is going to resume its flights to Germany from October 26, 2020. The airline has confirmed that its international schedule for Germany is going to remain the same until March 28, 2021.