Union Civil Aviation minister P Ashok Gajapathi Raju has said that the government expects to connect 33 destinations on 128 routes by five airline operators under the UDAN scheme by September.
With the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS), also called UDAN or “Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik”, the government aims to connect 45 unserved and under-served airports and make flying affordable by capping fares at Rs2,500 per seat/hour.
Noting that Salem airport in Tamil Nadu is inoperative, the minister said it is for the state government and airline operators to decide on providing regional connectivity.
Raju on Wednesday said additional flights to bring Indians in Qatar back to the country will be flown from Thursday.
“All steps necessary for timely movement of our citizens from Doha will be ensured,” Raju said on Twitter.
The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain had closed their skies to Qatar Airways flights and their national airlines also stopped flying to Qatar.
Many Indian expatriates depend on connection flights through other Gulf States for their journey during summer, Eid holiday as direct airlines are often expensive during the seasons.