The Udan (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) scheme is a regional airport development and regional connectivity scheme launched by the Indian government in 2016. The main objective of the scheme is to promote affordable air travel and improve air connectivity to underserved and unserved airports in the country.
- Ministry: – Ministry of Civil Aviation (India)
- Launch Year: – 21 October 2016
Under the Udan scheme, the government provides financial incentives to airlines to operate flights to regional airports that have been underserved or unserved so far. The government also provides infrastructure development support to these airports to make them capable of handling more flights and passengers.
The scheme also aims to boost the growth of the aviation industry in India and create job opportunities in the sector. The Udan scheme has been designed to ensure that air travel is affordable for the common people, especially in remote and underdeveloped areas of the country.
As of 2021, more than 340 routes have been awarded to airlines under the Udan scheme, connecting more than 50 unserved and underserved airports across the country. The scheme has been successful in promoting air connectivity to remote and underdeveloped areas of the country, boosting tourism and economic development in these regions.