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Number of RCS-UDAN routes operationalized 2020, by version

Under the Regional Connectivity Scheme- Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (RCS-UDAN) scheme, a total of 266 routes were operationalized in the country. With 112 routes, the second version of the scheme had the most operational routes. These routes comprised airplane as well as helicopter.

Regional connectivity scheme

With an aim to promote regional air connectivity and make air travel affordable to the common man, the government launched Regional Connectivity Scheme- Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (RCS-UDAN), commonly known as UDAN scheme, in October 2016. Several unserved or underserved airports were identified across the country and were operationalized. This scheme was implemented in a staged manner and it covered airplane services as well as helicopter and sea-plane services.

Boom in the Indian skies

During the last decade, Indian aviation has seen a steep growth in both passenger and freight traffic. In fiscal year 2019, the passenger traffic was more than twice that in fiscal year 2014. In the same time period, the freight traffic grew by around 1.5 times. The growing demand also pushed the growth of non-scheduled players in the market. This traffic growth attracted several private players for the development and upgradation of airports in the country. This was reflected by the infrastructure efficiency indicator for the transportation sector.

Number of Regional Connectivity Scheme - Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (RCS-UDAN) routes operationalized in India as of March 2020

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March 2020



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