Friday, November 11, 2016

UDAN flights on popular metro routes to cost more

New Delhi: If the Narendra Modi government initiative ‘UDAN’ (Ude Desh ke Aam Nagrik) scheme excited you to enjoy your first flight – there is bad news. The government on Friday announced increase in the base fares on popular routes from the metro cities. The scheme aims to connect small places by air, which basically involves Tier 2 and 3 cities across nation. If there is no vacant seat on flight then you’re unlikely to pay more than Rs 50 each way; if all seats are not sold out, citizens will pay additional Rs 100.
Popular routes like Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata will become a bit expensive. The longer the duration of flight higher the fare. The government has cemented three categories: Rs 7,500 for flights covering 1,000 km, Rs 8,000 for for a distance of 1, 500 kms, and Rs 8,500 for distances above 1,500 kms.
At the launch of ‘UDAN’ its “Regional Connectivity Scheme”, the government said that flights that are an hour long would cost just Rs 2,500 and vowed to subsidise these cheap flights in under-serviced areas. The government expects to collect around Rs 400 crore with this new hike, this will boost ‘UDAN’ and help for a peaceful take off  in January 2017.
11/11/16 India.com

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