The UDAN Scheme the Prime Narendra Modi's National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP)

The UDAN Scheme is a key component of the Prime Narendra Modi's National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP)

The UDAN Scheme  the Prime Narendra Modi's National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP)

The UDAN Scheme is a key component of the Prime Narendra Modi's National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP) which was released by the Ministry of Civil Aviation (India) on 15 June 2016.

The scheme will be jointly funded by the central government and state governments, several states have come on board by signing the "Memorandum of Understanding" with the union government for this scheme. UDAN RCS will connect an unspecified number of new regional routes, by operationalising 100 regional airports by the end of 2018-2019 financial year, with a target of 13 lakh (1.3 million) annual passenger seats, requiring annual INR200 crore Viability Gap Funding (VGF). The frequency of flights must be minimum 3 and maximum 7 per week from the same airport.

India has 394 unserved and 16 underserved airports;  out of a total of these 410 potential-target unserved and underserved regional airports, INR4500 Crore has been approved in 2016-2017 union budget to revive and further develop 50 airports in the smaller regional towns between 2017 and 2020, 15 airports during 2017–18, another 15 airports during 2018–19, and 20 more airports during 2019–20. A total of 75 airports were operationalised for the civilian flights in India since independence, the government has newly operationalised additional 36 regional airports for the civilian flights including 3 civil enclaves within army airports, with regularly scheduled flights, within the single financial year of 2016–2017, with the target to complete a cumulative total of 50 operational regional airports by the end of 2018–2019, and eventually operationalise a cumulative total of 100 regional airports by December 2018.

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi launched the scheme on 27 April 2017 by flagging off the inaugural regional flights between Delhi and Shimla, and also between Kadapa-Hyderabad-Nanded.