According to a data released by the Press Information Bureau, 134 routes commenced under the RCS UDAN Scheme from January 1, 2019, to December 10, 2019.
The Government also operationalized 10 airports in 2019 (till 07.12.2019) out of which 4 airports are underserved and 6 airports are unserved. The underserved airports are Lilabari, Belgaum, Pantnagar& Durgapur and the unserved are Kullu, Kalaburgi, Kannar, Dimapur, Hindon, and Pithoragarh. Also, 335 routes were awarded during the year 2019 covering 33 airports (20 unserved, 3 underserved, 10 water aerodromes).
According to the release, approx. 34,74,000 passengers were flown under RCS UDAN Scheme till the date. It has a direct bearing on major airports since the smaller airports have been connected to various big cities.
The traveling time has reduced drastically and the public at large is benefitted for the purpose of tourism, medical emergencies, and religious shrines, etc.
The release further stated that Rs. 304.49 crores have been spent for up-gradation of existing and new airports from April to November 2019. Belgaum, Prayagraj, Kishangarh, Hubli, and Jharsuguda are the busiest airports commenced under UDAN.
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