About 11 airports in Jammu and Kashmir and two airports in Ladakh have been chosen for a bid under the central government’s regional air connectivity scheme, UDAN, which translates to Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik. According to an announcement made through a press release, this is the fourth round of UDAN, and 688 routes have been already given to different air operators so far.
The 11 airports in J&K are Chamb, Chushal, Akhnur, Fukche, Gurex, Jhangar, Miran Sahib, Poonch, Panzgam, Rajouri and Udhampur. The aerodromes in Ladakh are at Kargil and Thoise.
As per the reports, the civil aviation ministry wants to concentrate on the North East Region, hill states, J&K as well as Ladakh.
Reportedly, the civil aviation ministry wants to better air connectivity and encourage growth in the tourism sector. The government is inviting initial prospects for UDAN 4.0 till January 1, 2020, and counter proposals till January 13. In addition, the government will be extending extra feasibility gap funding of around 25 per cent to the participating airlines under UDAN 4.0.