Under the Central government’s affordable regional connectivity plan, Udan, around 128 unconnected-by-air city pairs will be getting flights between April and September this year. The cabinet has already approved ₹4500 crore for developing and upgrading 50 unserved and under-served airstrips and airports. 

 

The implementing authority of this scheme is Airports Authority of India (AAI), and it has already got 43 initials proposals made by 11 bidders to cover 92 airports that include four airports in Karnataka - Mysuru, Bidar, Hubli, and Vidyanagar.

 

The AAI has received 142 acres of land in Mysuru, 364 acres in Belgavi, and 588 acres in Hubli from the state government for the required 310 acres, 370 acres, and 600 acres respectively in last November, according to the Bangalore Mirror. 

 

Mysuru and Hubli are likely to be benefitted by the Udan scheme since long-term efforts have been made to revive these airports. Also, since road connectivity to the airports in these two airports and state transport corporation services are good here, there is a  possibility that facilities will thrive in these airports, the daily quoted a senior official of AAI as saying. 

 

The aviation minister confirmed that five carriers including Air India's subsidiary Alliance Air, SpiceJet, Air Deccan, Air Odisha, and Turbo Megha will be operating on the routes revived under the Udan scheme. The fare cap will be ₹2500 for a one-hour long journey that covers approximately 500 km on fixed-wing aircraft and also for a 30-minute helicopter ride. 
 

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