Aviation Secretary RN Choubey who has been spearheading this project said, “Air India has got 15 routes, Spice Jet has got 11, Turbo 18, Air Deccan 34 and Air Odisha has got 50 routes”. Apart from the 13 lesser known airports, 43 airports too will be part of this project.
The first flight under Udan will take off in April from Shimla to Delhi, operated by Alliance Air. About 43 under-served airports will start to see small-capacity commercial jets in the next six months. Routes like Mysore-Chennai, Agra-Jaipur, Kullu-Delhi, Nanded-Mumbai and many more have been chosen by the airlines.
Aviation Minister Gajapathi Raju said, “Within 4-6 months, all these new regional flights will become operational. Udan will have a positive effect on the economy, in terms of employment and investment,” he added.
The fare for a one-hour journey of about 500 km on a fixed-wing aircraft or a 30-minute journey on a helicopter is capped at Rs 2,500, with proportionate pricing for routes of different lengths and duration.
The Central government, in order to make operations on such routes financially viable, will provide a range of tax concessions.
The subsidy will continue for the next three years, while the Udan scheme will remain for next 10 years.
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