New Delhi, PTI. Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia has said that there has been a significant increase in the number of airlines and air routes in recent years due to the regional connectivity scheme ‘Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik’ (UDAN). Addressing the ‘Udan Utsav’ function held in Odisha’s Jharsuguda, Scindia on Monday said that since independence till 2014, there were only 72 airports in the country. Today their number has reached 136 under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He said that we have set a target to take the number of airports to 220 in the next 5 years. The UDAN scheme has also led to a significant increase in the number of airlines and air routes. He also flagged off a new air service between Shillong and Dimapur under the UDAN scheme.

Last week, it was said by the Aviation Ministry that steps are being taken to normalize international flights. However, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has extended the suspension of scheduled international passenger flights till November 30 due to the coronavirus pandemic. This ban was earlier till 31 October, which has been extended. However, scheduled international flights may be permitted on selected routes on a case to case basis by the competent authority.

On the other hand, the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, Karnataka has become the first airport in South Asia to commission the state-of-the-art fire fighting system ‘Rosenbauer Technical Simulator’.

Bengaluru International Airport Limited informed that Bengaluru airport is the first airport in South Asia to install such high-tech equipment. “The Rosenbauer Tactical Simulator system provides multiple options for emergency preparedness to fire brigade and defense forces, including at the Bengaluru airport,” it said. Through this system firefighters can be trained in a real environment.

Edited By: Ashish Deep