In a major overhaul of the UDAN programme, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has announced that airlines can now propose routes they want to fly under the new UDAN 5.0 version. The move replaces the previous system in which the Ministry predetermined the routes airlines could operate on. Another significant change is the withdrawal of ‘exclusivity’ on routes with over 75 per cent passenger load factor for four consecutive quarters to demonopolise the system.

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