To improve regional air connectivity, the government on Thursday announced increasing viability gap funding for helicopter operators and allowing smaller planes, among other concessions, under the UDAN scheme.
Announcing the changes made to the scheme after detailed consultations with stakeholders in the past few months, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said the scheme is being liberalised, especially in the sense of focusing on priority areas.
Besides, the viability gap funding for helicopters operating under the scheme will be increased.
Civil Aviation Secretary R N Choubey asserted that there will be no compromise on safety and security of flights.
"We find that first round (of UDAN) is more or less on track," Raju said.