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Context: The Prime Minister stated that the UDAN Scheme, with 473 routes and 74 operational airports, heliports, and water aerodromes, proved as a game changer for the Indian aviation sector.

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UDAN Scheme: https://www.iasgyan.in/daily-current-affairs/udan-scheme-47

UDAN 5.0: https://www.iasgyan.in/daily-current-affairs/udan-50 


Q. Which of the following statement is/are correct about the Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme launched by the Ministry of Civil Aviation?

1. The scheme aims to enhance connectivity to remote and regional areas of the country and achieve last-mile connectivity.

2. The scheme provides viability gap funding (VGF) to airlines for operating regional routes with a cap on stage length and distance.

3. The scheme allows airlines to propose network and individual route proposals without any predetermined routes.

4. The scheme has a target of operationalizing 1000 routes and 50 additional airports, heliports, and water aerodromes in the near future.

Select the Code

(A) 1 and 2 only

(B) 1, 3 and 4 only

(C) 2 and 4 only

(D) 1, 2, 3 and 4

Answer: B


Statement 2 is incorrect: The latest round of UDAN (UDAN 5.0) has waived off the earlier stage length cap of 600 km and there is no restriction on the distance between the origin and destination of the flight. The VGF is capped at 600 km stage length for both Priority and Non-Priority areas which was earlier capped at 500 km.