The central government on October 21 announced about their upcoming plan UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik), under which they expect to connect more flights to the regional parts of India.
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The draft of this scheme was unveiled in July and is expected to affect Air passengers on major routes as they will soon have to shell out more money for flights to major routes.
The cap of Rs. 2500 will only be applicable for first 50 per cent of the seats and the rest will be based on market-based pricing.
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“We are cautiously optimistic about it (UDAN)…the first flight under the scheme is expected to take off in January 2017.”
Under UDAN scheme, the flight seats would be based on market mechanism as well as bidding for a minimum of 9 seats and a maximum of 40 seats in a fixed wing aircraft.
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Giving a little more detail about the scheme, Civil Aviation Secretary R N Choubey said that the rules related to the levy will be “printed in the gazette in two days” while the executive order for same will be ready by the end of this month.
Though he clarified that this levy will be “very small”.