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Jet Airways to launch services under 'Udan' from June

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

private carrier will launch services under the Centre's regional connectivity scheme, Udan, from June, with the first flight to be operated on the Lucknow-Allahabad-sector.

The city-headquartered full-service airline, in which holds 24 per cent stake, had bagged four routes in the second round of the bidding in January, in which a total of 325 routes were awarded to various firms, including helicopter services providers.

Starting from June 14, will fly services three times a week on the Lucknow-Allahabad-sector with an aircraft, the said in a release.

To begin with, will launch operations on three out of the four routes awarded, and will subsequently launch Lucknow-Bareilly-Delhi-Bareilly-Lucknow, it added.

"The launch of these new (Udan) flights mainly onboard aircraft, will allow Jet Airways to embark on a journey to ensure that unserved regions and underserved airports are maximised to their full potential," said Gaurang Shetty, whole time director, Jet Airways.

Commencing from June 15, Jet Airways will fly three times a week between New and with a 737, while the operations on the Nagpur-Allahabad-sector will commence from June 16, the said.

In the first around of bidding last year, 128 routes connecting 70 airports were awarded to five airlines - Alliance Air, SpiceJet, TruJet, and

In the second round, letters of award have been given to 90 proposals for 325 routes to operators like Jet Airways, SpiceJet, IndiGo, and Pawan Hans, among others.

Out of these, 129 routes are in a newly created category of 'priority areas', that include Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal, Uttarakhand, North East, and Lakshadweep Islands.

With at least half of the seats in flights offered at subsidised fares, the participating carriers will be provided a certain amount of viability gap funding (VGF) - an amount shared between the Centre and the states concerned.

To fund the scheme, the civil aviation ministry is collecting a levy of Rs 5,000 per departure from airlines operating in major domestic routes, including and

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 20:00 IST