Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated flight under the Regional Connectivity Scheme Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik or UDAN by flagging off the Alliance Airlines flight on Shimla-Delhi sector from Jubbar Hatti airport near Shimla.
Simultaneously, he will also flag off the inaugural UDAN flights on Nanded-Hyderabad and Kadapa-Hyderabad sectors. UDAN, a first-of-its-kind scheme globally aimed at correcting the imbalance in the domestic aviation market.
Here is all you need to know
- Over 45 unserved and under-served airports would be connected under the scheme — UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) that seeks to make flying more affordable
- Air India subsidiary Airline Allied Services, SpiceJet, Air Deccan, Air Odisha and Turbo Megha are part of this scheme
- Under the scheme each flight, 50 per cent of the seats would have a cap of Rs 2,500 per seat/hour
- A minimum of 5 and a maximum of 13 on helicopters with the same price cap
- 13 airports in Tier II and Tier III cities which did not have many flights in a week will see more flights
- Some of the inactive airports selected are Shimla, Bikaner, Agra, Gwalior, Rourkela, Kadapa, Jharsuguda, Vidyanagar, Burnpur, Kullu, Diu, Mysore, Shillong, Jagdalpur, Salem, Utkela, and Hosur
- The amount is estimated to be around Rs 205 crore per annum for the operators chosen in the first round of bidding
- The regional airlines will connect these destinations with their nearest bigger airports such as Delhi, Chennai, Bhubaneswar, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Jaipur, among others
- 19 States and 3 Union Territories have signed a Memorandum of Understanding