New Delhi. 08 August 2017. More than thirty airports from Bihar have been included in the tentative list of un-served and under-served airports under Regional Connectivity Scheme of the Ministry of Civil Aviation in India.
Arrah, Begusarai, Bettiah, Bhabua, Bhagalpur, Bhowrah, Bihar Shariff, Bihita, Birpur, Buxur, Chhapra, Dalbhundarh, Darbhaga, Dehri, Giridhi, Hathwa, Jehanabad, Jogbani, Katihar, Kishangang, Kursela, Madhubani, Monghyr, Motihari, Munger, Muzzafarpur, Naria, Panchanpur, Purnea, Raxaul, Safiabad and Saharsa.
However, RCS-UDAN is a demand driven scheme where the interested airlines based on their assessment of demand on particular routes can submit proposals at the time of bidding under RCS from time to time.
An un-served airport is one to which there is no daily service, while an under-served airport is one which has not seen a flight for two consecutive flight schedules.
It may be recalled that the Centre had left out Bihar while selecting the list of airports under Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik (UDAN) scheme despite Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) naming Bhagalpur and Madhubani as potential airports in its list announced in January this year. On March 30 this year, the list released by the Union civil aviation ministry selected 45 unserved and under-served airports across the country to be connected under the scheme in which no cities from Bihar found a place.