The Center has today unveiled a concept scheme for the expansion of the affordable UDAN air travel program to international circuits, with the federal states identifying the routes for operation.
The concept of International Air Connectivity (IAC) provides for the increase of international ticketing to 20 crore by 2027.
"The scheme should only be made operational for states that demonstrate their commitment to implementation and provide the necessary support for promoting activities under the program," the draft said.
The input from stakeholders and comments were collected until 4 September.
UDAN was launched in 2016 to make air travel affordable for people through subsidized ticket rates and to provide air connections to smaller cities.
Some states and airline leaders had previously proposed to expand the UDAN scheme abroad.
SpiceJet chairman Ajay Singh had earlier this year pledged for an initiative along the lines of the UDAN regional connection schedule that could encourage Indian airlines to fly abroad.
According to the draft regulation, state governments will identify the routes to be connected, and airlines will assess the demand on the identified routes and submit proposals for providing connectivity.
Air operations under the scheme are permitted with a fixed airliner with only 70 seats.
The scheme has proposed the setting up of an International Air Connectivity Fund (IACF) – a special fund for granting funding under the program. It will be created by the contributions of the state governments.
"Subsidy support is granted only to selected airlines for the passenger seats not sold during the IAC flight, based on the total number of passenger seats for which the selected airline has applied for a subsidy under its proposal," said the design .
Subsidy support is extended for a maximum of three years.
The airport authority of India will be the implementing body of the scheme.
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