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PM Narendra Modi flags off UDAN flight scheme: All you need to know about it

PM Narendra Modi flagged off the UDAN scheme (Pic Courtesy: Hindustan Times)

Tired of planning your weekend getaways in buses and cars, which can take up the entire night? Well, you don’t know have to do it anymore. PM Narendra Modi, as a part of his government’s efforts to enhance air connectivity in India, launched UDAN or Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik. Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati had said that this scheme is an effort towards making regional air connectivity a reality, and making it convenient and affordable.

And today PM Narendra Modi inaugurated world’s cheapest domestic air travel scheme. He announced the first round of regional flights under UDAN scheme between Shimla and Delhi, and the service is being provided at a rate of Rs 2500 per hour.

The inaugural flights are launched between Delhi-Shimla, Nanded-Hyderabad and Kadapa-Hyderabad. In a series of tweets, PM Modi explained the scheme.

Here are things you should know about the scheme –

  • PMO tweeted that airfare for a one-hour journey of approximately 500 km on a fixed wing aircraft or for 30-minute journey on a helicopter would be capped at Rs 2,500.
  • UDAN was conceptualised by Civil Aviation Ministry.
  • The seating will be anywhere between 19 and 78.
  • As a result of the 27 proposals put forth, around 22 states will be connected.
  • Airports Authority of India has approved 27 proposals with which, the scheme will put 70 unserved and underserved airports on the map.
  • Airlines included in the scheme – SpiceJet, Turbo Megha Airways, Air Deccan, Air Odisha and Airline Allied Services.

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