Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the first flight on Thursday under the Regional Connectivity Scheme Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (Udan) by flagging off the Alliance Airlines flight on Shimla-Delhi sector from Jubbar Hatti airport near Shimla.
The Prime Minister is also scheduled to flag off the inaugural UDAN flights on Kadapa–Hyderabad and Nanded-Hyderabad sectors. Both the launches will take place from Shimla. At the Jubbarhatti airport, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off three flights on the Shimla-Delhi sector, the Kadapa-Hyderabad and the Nanded-Hyderabad sectors.
The scheme aims to boost regional connectivity while providing low-cost air tickets to the customers. The inaugural Shimla-Delhi flight offers ticket at starting price of Rs 2,036.
A regular flight, which will operate 5 days in a week from Wednesday, will depart at 6.10 am from Delhi and will arrive at 7.25 am. On the same day, it will depart at 7.45 a.m. from Shimla and will return to Delhi at 8.45 a.m.
UDAN is a first of its kind scheme globally to stimulate regional connectivity through a market-based mechanism, the PMO has said in a tweet.
“Airfare for a one-hour journey of approximately 500 km on a fixed wing aircraft or for a 30-minute journey on a helicopter would be capped at Rs 2,500,” the statement released by PMO said. “This with proportionate pricing for routes of different stage lengths and flight duration,” it further added.
Under the scheme, five airlines will operate on 128 routes connecting 70 airports, including 31 unserved and 12 under-served ones. The operators are Air India’s subsidiary Airline Allied Services, SpiceJet, Air Deccan, Air Odisha and Turbo Megha. They would be operating 19-78 seater aircraft.
These flights would connect airports spread across over 20 states and union territories including Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. The airports that would be connected under UDAN include Bhatinda, Shimla, Bilaspur, Neyveli, Cooch Behar, Nanded and Kadapa.
On each flight, 50 percent of the seats would have a cap of Rs 2,500 per seat/hour. Airline Allied Services would operate on 15 routes, SpiceJet 11, Turbo Megha Airways 18, Air Deccan 34 and Air Odisha Aviation 50.