Friday, April 28, 2017

Launch of low cost flights in India

The Indian aviation industry kicked off their RCS in October 2016.  ‘Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik‘ or UDAN as the scheme is called, aims at boosting air travel between smaller cities and regions in India.  Once an aspiring project, the scheme took flight today.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off flights between three important domestic corridors – the Shimla-Delhi sector, the Kadapa-Hyderabad and the Nanded-Hyderabad sector saw the very first launch.
A long stated aim of the NDA government, UDAN looks at taking flying to the masses by connecting Tier II and Tier III cities, and reopening 50 unused airports across the country.
“I want to see a person who wears a hawai chappal (slipper) fly on the hawai jahaz (aeroplane),” Modi said, in Shimla on April 27, 2017, during the launch of the Delhi-Shimla corridor, the first under the scheme.
After taking his seat as the Prime Minister of India, this is Modi’s first visit to the town of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. While here he will also address a rally at the historic Ridge Maidan (field).
The scheme, which looks at providing affordable commuting has airfare for a one-hour journey of 500 km capped at INR 2,500, which will be an all-inclusive charge. However, the pricing may vary for longer routes and flight durations. Also, under the scheme a single person can buy nine to 40 seats on a flight. Furthermore, in order to get more people flying, service and fuel taxes have been dropped as incentive for airlines to fly less traversed routes.
27/04/17 Surbhi Kapila/MIG