The Ministry of Civil Aviation of Government of India wants six international connectivity from Guwahati and has released the Draft Scheme Document of International Air Connectivity Scheme.
As per this scheme, Guwahati is poised to get direct connectivity with Dhaka, Kathmandu, Yangon, Singapore, Bangkok and Kulalaumpur.
Mr Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister for Civil Avidation has tweeted the development and said that it was on the website of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Airports Authority of India for wider consultation of the stakeholders.
The objective of the UDAN (International) scheme is to enhance international air connectivity between Indian states and select international destinations through the provision of financial support to airlines. It is the next step after the positive domestic impact of UDAN.
The scheme will involve a State Government led effort wherein State Govts will propose the list of routes to be connected. Presently, the state of Assam and Andhra Pradesh have come forward to participate under the scheme and have identified the routes .
Under the scheme, the State Governments will be responsible for funding the financial benefits. The scheme envisages providing monetary support, in the form of a subsidy per seat, for the unsold seats from the number of seats as bid by the airline to make operations viable.
The draft International Air Connectivity Scheme-UDAN is open for inputs from stakeholders till Sept 4th, 2018. Stakeholders consultation meeting will be conducted by the ministry soon to discuss queries/inputs of concerned parties and provide clarifications, as necessary.
With the International Air Connectivity Scheme-UDAN, we trying to make flying to international destinations more accessible to our citizens. This will help improve overall connectivity and spur trade, tourism and economic growth in the country, said Mr Suresh Prabhu.