UDAN Scheme – Regional Air connectivity scheme all you need to know
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UDAN Scheme(Ude Desh Ka Aam Nargrik)
The scheme mainly targets to connect 70 airports of the country to make flying more affordable. The first UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) flight inaugurated by PM Modi would fly on Delhi-Shimla route. The three inaugural flights were launched in the zone of Shimla-Delhi, Kadapa-Hyderabad, and Nanded-Hyderabad. The UDAN Scheme or Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik scheme seeks to give people from tier-II and tier-III cities a chance to fly at a ticket price of Rs 2500/- only for a one-hour journey of approximately 500 kilometers on an aircraft or for a 30-minute journey on a helicopter. The Centre and State will provide viability gap funding for the airlines operating on the UDAN routes to ensure profitability of these flights.
UDAN scheme Operators
UDAN Airline operators: Alliance Air, Air Deccan, SpiceJet, Air Odisha and True Jets. The five airlines have won bids to operate on 128 routes that would connect 70 airports. Out of these, 31 are unserved and 12 under-served airport.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: “I want to see people who wear hawai chappals in an aeroplane.”
Some of the cities that will be connected under UDAN Scheme are Shimla, Kandla, Puducherry, Bhatinda, Cooch Behar, Ludhiana, Jaisalmer, Porbandar, Diu, Jamnagar, Jamshedpur, Hosur, Salem
Highlights of UDAN Scheme:
Check launch of UDAN Yojana
- The Centre has nominated five Airline operators — Alliance Air, Air Deccan, Odisha Air, SpiceJet, and True jet — to operate UDAN flights.
- The air service under the UDAN scheme aims to make air travel accessible to lower middle-class families at an affordable price and enhance connectivity with more airports in the country.
- The UDAN flights would connect airports spread over 20 states and Union territories including Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Airports to be connected under the scheme includes Bhatinda, Shimla, Bilaspur, Neyveli, Cooch Behar, Nanded, and Kadapa.
- The government plans to reopen some 50 unused airports within a short span of four years to facilitate greater connectivity under the scheme for which it will spend around $600m.