Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a scheme named UDAN which will help the people to fly to small towns at cheaper fares. He said that travelling by air is not only for the rich people, he wants it should be for everyone.
He flagged off flights today from Jubbarhatti, an airport on the outskirts of Shimla. UDAN – Use Desh Ka Aam Naagrik which means “the common man flies”. Rs. 2500 will be the lowest airfare. Things you must know about the low-cost flights from Shimla to New Delhi under UDAN scheme:
10 Things You Must Know About UDAN Scheme (Shimla – New Delhi) Flights
1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off three flights today – Kadapa-Hyderabad and Nanded-Hyderabad sectors, Shimla-New Delhi sectors. He said that his dream was to see a person wearing Hawai chappal (slippers) fly on the Hawaii jahaz (aeroplane) and that this is why affordable fares have been introduced.
2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also be addressing a rally in Shimla at the historic Ridge Maidan. This is Prime Minister’s first visit to Shimla since he became the PM of India. He had addressed a BJP rally last year at Mandi.
3. The prices for longer routes and flight duration will vary and a single person can buy 9-40 seats in a flight.
4. The airfare of a one hour journey of 500 km will be Rs. 2500, inclusive of all the charges.
5. Under the UDAN scheme, the flight services on 128 routes which will connect 70 airports across India will be operated by five companies. The operators are Air Odisha, Air India subsidiary Airline Allied Services, Turbo Megha, Air Deccan and SpiceJet.
6. 50% of the cheap tickets can be blocked by the airlines and the rest 50% can be sold at the market rates. Though, the airlines are not happy with this decision.
7. UDAN scheme was launched last year in October. The purpose of the scheme was to make the air travel accessible to all the citizens of the country.
8. The government has planned to connect 44 airports in different Tier-II cities with the metros in order to boost the regional connectivity. A lot of flights had been discontinued because of the low demand.
9. 22 airports have been identified by the government out of the 44 airports which were flight-ready in 2016. Some of them are Bhatinda, Jaisalmer, Gwalior, Durgapur and Bhavnagar.
10. The negotiations were carried out by the Union aviation minister and the state government was asked to come on board for the scheme.
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