Thursday, May 16, 2019

First UDAN flight takes off from Pune

Pune: The first flight under the Union government's regional connectivity scheme (RCS), popularly known an UDAN, took off from the city airport on Wednesday.

The Alliance Air flight will operate six days a week, except on Tuesdays, and connect Pune to Belagavi and Bengaluru, airport officials said. Alliance Air is a subsidiary of national carrier Air India.

Since the launch of RCS in 2017, the Pune airport has got five flights. While Air Deccan's flight from Pune to Nashik got suspended, none of the other flights, except for the above, has started.

"This can be considered the first UDAN flight from Pune, because the Air Deccan's route Pune-Nashik route is suspended," an airport official said.

Suhas Jadhav, the station manager of Air India in Pune, said the first flight had 50 passengers on board. "Of the total load factor of 69, the flight was almost full with 50 passengers. We expect the flight to be popular considering the capped fare," he said.
16/05/19 Times of India
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