The Ministry of Civil Aviation launched the ambitious Udan scheme on Thursday. The regional air connectivity scheme brings airline connectivity to 45 places.
Reports say that 13 airports in Tier II and Tier III cities, too, will get to see more flights than the once-in-a-while flights.
Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said that five regional airlines have won bids and, therefore, selected – Air Deccan, Air Odisha, Alliance Air, SpiceJet and Turbo Megha.
The scheme is targeted to increase flights to unserved or underserved airports.
As part of the first phase of the scheme, the five airlines have got three-year exclusive rights on designated routes the total of which comes to 128 connecting the 45 airports.
Air India has got 15 routes, Spice Jet has got 11, Turbo 18, Air Deccan 34 and Air Odisha has got 50 routes.
Aviation Secretary R.N. Choubey has been spearheading this project. Under Udan, all the flights will become operational in the next 4-6 months.
To ensure its success the government has capped the fares to just Rs.2500 per hour for 50 percent of the seats on each flight.
In 2016, India became the third largest aviation market in domestic air traffic with 100 million passengers rising at a record 23 percent.
From: 1 airport per year for last 70-75 years,
To: 33 airports being added in one year
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