PM inaugurates UDAN for Aam Aadmi

In a bid to make air travel cheaper, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the UDAN scheme on Thursday.

New Delhi: In a bid to make air travel cheaper, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) Scheme on Thursday.

A maiden low-cost Shimla-New Delhi flight and two other low-cost flights were launched on Thursday, as part of the government’s regional connectivity scheme.

The fares of the flights under this scheme will be capped at Rs 2,500 per ticket per hour. The taxes and service charges were dropped. However, a small levy will be imposed to run the scheme.

After Modi flagged off Shimla-to-Delhi flight, Kadapa-Hyderabad and Nanded-Hyderabad flights were launched.

“I want to see people who wear Hawai chappal in a Hawaii jahaj (aeroplane),” Modi said speaking on the occasion.

A day before the launching of the low-cost flights the PMO tweeted, “ To make air travel accessible to citizens in regionally important areas, the Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik (UDAN) RCS (Regional Connectivity Scheme) was launched in October 2016.”

The UDAN Scheme is a key component of the National Civil Aviation Policy or NCAP, which was released on June 15, 2016.

“Airfare for a one-hour journey of approximately 500 km on a fixed wing aircraft or a 30-minute journey on a helicopter would be capped at Rs. 2,500,” the PMO said.

This with proportionate pricing for routes of different stage lengths and flight duration, the office said.

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