UDAN Scheme (Ude Desh Ka Nagrik)
On Thursday, the Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched India’s first UDAN flight which provides affordable regional air travel to citizens. UDAN Scheme (Ude Desh Ka Nagrik) is the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) of the Ministry of Aviation, Government of India.
What is UDAN scheme?
UDAN Scheme will make air travel to and from smaller towns affordable. UDAN is a short form for “Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik” which means “Common Man Flies“. It was flagged off by PM Modi himself in Shimla.
The main motto of this scheme is to provide air connectivity to the under-served and unserved airports of the country. This is a first-of-its-kind scheme in the world to “stimulate” regional connectivity in India through a “market-based mechanism. The scheme aims to connect 70 airports of the country. The first UDAN flight inaugurated by PM Modi would fly on Delhi-Shimla route.
Under this scheme, the maximum fare charge been set at Rs 2500 for a one-hour journey of about 500 kilometers on an aircraft or for a 30-minute journey on a helicopter.
50% of the seats would be available for booking at maximum Rs 2500 per seat for an hour on each flight.
A little over half of the seats in the Shimla-bound flight, operated by Air India subsidiary Alliance Air with a plane having a 42-seater plane, are being sold at the discounted fare of Rs 2,036, inclusive of taxes. On the flight to Shimla, 24 seats are sold at the discounted ticket price and for the rest, fares would be market driven. In the return leg, all the 15 seats come under the UDAN fare bucket.
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UDAN Flight Routes
All UDAN flight routes are to become operational in a phased manner. At present, UDAN flights on Delhi-Shimla, Nanded-Hyderabad, \and Kadapa-Hyderabad sectors are available.
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 next flight to take off under the scheme would operate on the Mumbai-Nanded sector.
Booking Procedure Under UDAN
You can book tickets under the UDAN scheme online from the websites of respective airlines and also through different air ticket vendors like Yatra and MakeMyTrip.
Airline Operators of UDAN
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.
Air Odisha would operate on 50 routes, Air Deccan on 34, Turbo Megha Airways on 18, Air India subsidiary Alliance Air on 15 and SpiceJet on 11 routes