More Routes proposed Under UDAN 4.1


On the commencement of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (India@75)’ launched by

Government of India, the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has proposed about 392 routes under

UDAN 4.1 bidding process. The Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS)- Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik

(UDAN) is a flagship scheme of the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) envisaged to make air travel

affordable and widespread in the country. The scheme intends to boost inclusive national economic

growth, employment opportunities, and air transport infrastructure development across the nation. Till

date, 325 routes and 56 airports including 5 heliports and 2 Water Aerodromes have been

operationalised under the UDAN scheme.

The UDAN 4.1 round is focused on connecting smaller airports, along with special helicopter

and seaplane routes. In addition to these, some new routes have been proposed under the Sagaramala

Seaplane Services in consultation with the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways.

Smt. Usha Padhee, Joint Secretary, MoCA said, “Following the four successful rounds of

bidding, the special UDAN 4.1 bidding round invites bids for priority routes which have not been

covered under UDAN so far. This bidding round also includes routes specially requested by the State

governments / UT administrations and earlier cancelled/terminated routes. We have observed great

demand on many Tier-2 & Tier-3 UDAN routes attesting the necessity along with essentiality &

criticality of these regional routes. We aim to equip our country with one of the strongest air

connectivity networks”

Some of the operational flexibilities are extended to Airlines under the UDAN 4.1 to ensure

suitable operation models to connect smaller cities/ airstrips. Additionally, operations under NSOP

will be allowed for seaplane, fixed-wing aircraft, Helicopters for RCS Routes awarded under UDAN


The Bid Document is uploaded on the Central Procurement portal of the National

Informatics Centre inviting the bids from interested airlines. The bidding process is expected to be

completed by 6 weeks.



    Source PIB