PM Modi to inaugurate first UDAN flight Tomorrow

PM Modi to inaugurate first UDAN flight Tomorrow

 The first UDAN flight under Regional Connectivity Scheme, in which a one-hour journey fare is capped at Rs 2,500, will take off on Thursday on the Shimla-Delhi sector.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the first flight on Shiml-Delhi followed by Kadapa-Hyderabad and Nanded-Hyderabad sectors.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) had on March 30 announced that five airlines have been selected to operate 128 routes, including those connecting Mysuru, Bidar and Vidyanagar with other towns, under the 'UDAN' (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) scheme. Under this scheme, 70 airports are now connected of which 31 are unserved and 12 underserved.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "UDAN Scheme is a first-of-its-kind scheme globally to stimulate regional connectivity through a market-based mechanism."

He also said the scheme was launched to make air travel accessible to citizens in regionally important areas. The UDAN scheme is a key component of the National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP) which was released on June, 15 last year.

Government estimates that around Rs 205 crore would be spent per annum as Viability Gap Funding for operators chosen in the first round of bidding. The airlines who won the bidding in the first round are Air India subsidiary Alliance Air, SpiceJet, Trujet, Air Deccan and Air Odisha.According to the scheme, up to 40 seats in such flights would have a cap of Rs 2,500 per seat/hour.

Alliance Air, an Air India subsidiary, and Air Deccan have won the rights for operating flights on Shimla-Delhi sector while Trujet has won the Kadapa-Hyderabad and Nanded-Hyderabad routes.

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