PM inaugurates UDAN for Aam Aadmi
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 governmenta��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.
a�?I want to see people who wear Hawai chappal in a Hawaii jahaj (aeroplane),a�? Modi said speaking on the occasion.
A day before the launching of the low-cost flights the PMO tweeted, a�? 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.a�?
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.