India’s domestic low-cost Airline Air Deccan had it first flight run on Saturday from Mumbai to Jalgaon. The Airlines was acquired by Kingfisher Airlines in the year 2008 and it ceased operations under the government’s UDAN regional connectivity scheme. UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) is a government’s regional connectivity scheme to offer affordable flight fares to the common man.
Air Deccan First Flight under UDAN scheme
The Air Deccan took off for Jalgaon from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai. Jalgaon is at a distance of 400 km from Mumbai in Maharashtra. Captain G.R. Gopinath, the Chairman of Air Deccan said that it’s a great beginning and sense of fortune that Air Deccan takes off again. The Airlines wanted to run its flights across the country for a long time.
Air Deccan maiden flight took off by the delay. The departure time of the Air Deccan first flight was 1:20 pm but it took off around 2:55 pm. The domestic Airlines has planned to offer connectivity from Mumbai and Pune to Jalgaon, Nashik, and Kolhapur under its first phase of operations. Air Deccan will provide flight services over 34 routes in its first phase of operations under the UDAN scheme. The flight fares will be up to Rs.2500 for the flights under one hour of duration.
Air Deccan offered Discounts under Regional Connectivity Scheme
Air Deccan charged Rs.2250 per ticket for the Jalgaon flight for 50 percent of the seats under the UDAN regional connectivity scheme. The ticket price for the remaining seats that were no under the UDAN scheme was Rs.4500. All the Airlines operators who run flights under the regional connectivity scheme will be offered a subsidy by the government to keep the fares low for customers. All the Airlines operating under the UDAN scheme will have to set aside 50 percent of total seats in a flight at discounted rates.
Indian Government’s UDAN Scheme
UDAN is a regional connectivity scheme launched by the Indian government that aims to make the Air travel affordable for common man. Also, the government aims to offer air connectivity to remote areas and provide access in the regions with low connectivity. The government may add 30 new airports in tier-2 and tier-3 cities under the first round of regional connectivity scheme.