Monday, January 14, 2019

Air travel affordable as UDAN-3 comes in

To take international flights at affordable rates will soon become easy as the government sets its efforts to finalise routes under the third phase of UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) scheme.

It has already received more than 100 proposals under the UDAN-3 scheme. Assam will connect internationally under the UDAN scheme through services to Bangkok, Thailand, Kathmandu while Bihar State Airports will extend by connecting to Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar. Also Chennai may get its international flight to Singapore, sources reveal.

The scheme was launched in 2016 to make air travel affordable through subsidised tickets and to provide its access to smaller towns. It aims to connect major cities with tier-II and tier-III cities at a price of Rs 2,500 per one-hour flight.

In its first phase in March 2017, 5 airlines were mandated to fly on 128 regional routes while in the second phase in January last year 15 airlines on 325 regional routes including those having chopper operations were mandated.
14/01/19 New Delhi Times