UDAN: First Flight is Likely to Take Off Next Month
The Central government of India has launched ‘UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik) scheme’ with an aim to promote the regional air connectivity and provides various incentives to airlines.
The fare for a one hour journey of approximately 500 kilometers on a fixed wing aircraft will cost Rd 2500 and for a 30-minute journey on a helicopter will be costed at the same rate.
Minister of state for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said that the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has received 45 initial proposals from 11 bidders covering more than 190 routes under the scheme.
He also said that at present, there are 75 operational airports in the country and 43 new airports will be added after the implementation of UDAN scheme.
The UDAN scheme was launched in October last year. The main motto of this scheme is to provide connectivity to un-served and under-served regions through the revival of existing airstrips and airports. The Minister said that the scheme is likely to give a major boost to tourism activities and employment generation in the hinterland.