India plans 220 more airports, 1000 new routes by 2026


Indians will have more options to fly as nearly 220 destinations including airports, heliports and water aerodromes with 1,000 routes have been planned to be completed under the UDAN regional connectivity scheme.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation’s flagship programme Regional Connectivity Scheme UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagarik) completed five years this year since its first flight in April 2017.

Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia said: “It has played a great role in the transformation of the Indian aviation industry. So far under this scheme, we have 425 routes aiming to go up to 1,000 routes, 68 new airports aiming to touch 100 airports. In the next four years, we are expecting 400 million travellers through civil aviation in India. That day is not far when along with rail transport and road transport civil aviation will become the bulwark of the transportation in India.”

At least 68 under-served/unserved destinations which include 58 airports, eight heliports and two water aerodromes have been connected under UDAN scheme.

With 425 new routes initiated under the scheme, UDAN has provided air connectivity to more than 29 states/ UTs across the length and breadth of the country. More than 10 million passengers have availed this scheme as on August 4, the ministry said.