The Ministry of Civil
Aviation (MoCA), Government of India launched the Regional Connectivity
Scheme (RCS)-UDAN on 21st October, 2016. The e-bidding process has
already been started to select airline operator for mounting RCS
operations. A Regional Connectivity Fund (RCF) has been created to
provide Viability Gap Funding (VGF) by the Government of India. The
Central Government has imposed levy on some category of the scheduled
domestic flights being operated in India to fund the RCF. No funds have
been released to airline operator under the Scheme. Slot allocation is
done as per Slot Allocation Policy.
The Airfare cap under RCS-UDAN for fixed wing aircraft ranges from Rs.
1420/- for 151 kilometers to Rs. 3500/- for >800 kilometers. MoCA has
signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on RCS-UDAN with 16 State
Governments / UTs to provide concessions as mentioned in the Scheme. The
bidding process has already been started to select airline operators for
RCS operations. Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued
Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR) for Scheduled Commuter Operations.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Civil Aviation
Shri Jayant Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.