Big Charter and Aviation Connectivity are two new air operators who are in the final stages of certification by aviation safety regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
Hindustan Times in a report on Friday said the two companies are expected to occupy the regional airlines space. “Once that’s done, they may foray in the regional airlines space. With the government putting focus on Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) under its Udey Desh ka Aam Naagarik (UDAN) scheme,” the report said.
Barring Bengaluru-based Star Air that commenced its operations in January last year, currently no airline in service has dedicated UDAN operations, Hindustan Times said.
Director general of DGCA, Arun Kumar, confirmed that they have given flying permissions to two airlines. When asked if DGCA had received more applications for commencement of new airlines which was pending for approvals, Kumar said, “No application is pending with DGCA for starting new airlines.”
With an aim to make air travel affordable and connect tier II and tier III cities, UDAN was announced in October 2016 and the first flight under this scheme took off in April 2017. Since then, 271 routes have commenced their UDAN flight operations.
The Union Civil Aviation Ministry only recently sanctioned Rs. 108 crore under UDAN for upgrade of three airports in Chhattisgarh. Early this week, it also identified 78 new routes approved under the first phase of UDAN 4.0.