DELHI: The e-bidding process for selecting airlines for the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) is already underway said Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.
The airfare cap under RCS-UDAN for fixed wing aircraft ranges from Rs 1420 for 151 kilometers to Rs 3500 for distances greater than 800 kilometers. Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on RCS-UDAN with 16 State Governments / UTs to provide concessions as mentioned in the Scheme.
The MoCA launched the -UDAN scheme on October 21, 2016. A Regional Connectivity Fund (RCF) has also been created to provide Viability Gap Funding (VGF) by the Government of India.
The Central Government has imposed levy on some category of scheduled domestic flights being operated in India to fund the RCF. No funds have been released to airline operator under the scheme as of now. Slot allocation for the airline will be done as per the Slot Allocation Policy.
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.
Musafir Namah Bureau