11 Airports in J&K, 2 in Ladakh put up for bidding

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As many as eleven airports in J&K (Jammu and Kashmir)and two in Ladakh are placed up for bidding under the fourth round of the Regional Air Connectivity Scheme in line with a release.

So far, 688 routes are awarded to various air operators under the Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) that seeks to attach unserved as well as underserved destinations and additionally make flying more cost-effective.

The civil aviation ministry declared the fourth round of UDAN bidding on Tuesday and also the focus is on North East Region, hilly states, J&K and Ladakh. under UDAN 4.0, the ministry has put on offer bids for eleven unserved airports in J&K and 2 underserved airports in the Ladakh region, as per the official release issued on Thursday.

The eleven airports in J&K are Akhnur, Chamb, Chushal, Fukche, Gurex, Jhangar, Miran European, Panzgam, Poonch, Rajouri, and Udhampur. the two aerodromes in Ladakh are at Kargil and Thoise.

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“The objective is to establish robust air connectivity and to spice up the tourism sector,” the release said. J&K and Ladakh are currently union territories. For UDAN 4.0, initial proposals can be submitted until January 1, 2020, and counter proposals until January 13. Among different incentives, the ministry would be extending further viability gap funding of around 25 percent to the collaborating airlines under UDAN 4.0.

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