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IndiGo may participate in second round bids for UDAN; to buy 50 aircraft

At present, IndiGo operates with a fleet size of 140 carriers and touches 39 destinations in India

Nirmalya Behera  |  Bhubaneswar 


Low-cost carrier is likely to participate in the second round of bidding in the (RCS), popularly known as the UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik).

To reap the benefit of the RCS, had announced its plans to buy 50 ATR 72-600 worth $1.3 billion. France based ATR is the world leader for below 90-seater regional

"The government has come up with the policy (RCS). The first round of bidding has already taken place and the second round is going to happen now. There are a lot of airstrips which are not connected with the country, for example, Agra. Now, we have placed an order of 50 ATRs for induction into the fleet that will help us capture this opportunity in a big way," said Sanjay Kumar, Chief Commercial Officer of Airlines.

Kumar was speaking here at the 33rd annual convention of (IATO). He said that the new policy is a big incentive for airline operators not only of IndiGo's size but also for the new start-up carriers.

At present, operates with a fleet size of 140 carriers and touches 39 destinations in the country.

UDAN seeks to connect un-served and under-served airports as well as make flying more affordable for the masses. The scheme would be in operation for a period of 10 years. It has a market-based mechanism in which airlines bid for seat subsidies.

"We are embarking on a journey to build a nation-wide regional network and connect cities that have not benefited from the growth in Indian aviation. The ATRs low operating costs will help us build a large regional air travel network with reasonable fares. These will feature modern cabin interiors, thus making the flight a comfortable experience for our passengers", Aditya Ghosh, President of had said in a previous statement.

ATR had stated that the is expected to begin operations by the end of 2017.

First Published: Fri, September 08 2017. 18:35 IST