Monday, January 14, 2019

Modi govt plans international flights to Thailand, Bangladesh for Rs 2500 under UDAN scheme

Centre's UDAN scheme to promote regional air connectivity is likely to go global with the Narendra Modi government planning to connect small airports with international destinations.

The cost of flying international destinations under the scheme will be as low as Rs 2500, sources in the knowledge of the scheme told Zee Media. The Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme is a subsidised low fare initiative to connect small cities and to help more people fly.

The 'International UDAN' scheme will focus on the extension of the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) to international routes and destinations, sources said. This will be announced in the upcoming 3rd phase of UDAN scheme.
Under the scheme, Assam airports may get connectivity to Bangkok in Thailand and Kathmandu in Nepal. Similarly, Bihar airports may get direct connectivity to airports in Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Sources said that the Centre's plan has got a positive response from stakeholders. Besides Assam government which has already shown interest, airlines like Spicejet are also interested in flying to popular destinations like Bangkok.

If the government moves according to plan, the Aviation Ministry will soon announce the scheme offering international flight tickets starting from Rs 2500.
14/01/19 Sameer Dixit/DNA