Giving wings to the common man

In about two years since it was conceived, UDAN, the Union government’s flagship regional connectivity scheme, has become an meaningful means for making low-cost flying available to people in smaller Indian cities. In these two years, the scheme has brought first-time air connectivity to people of 31 tier-II and tier-III cities.

As a new version of the scheme now starts to link places of tourist interest, it is time to look at the lessons that UDAN has thrown up for civil aviation practitioners, in preparation for taking the next steps. UDAN — an acronym for Ude Desh Ka Aam …

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