Udan flights have been in talks since the announcement of plan to release the affordable, or rather ‘cheap’ air travel option. Finally, PM Modi will be inaugurating the Udan schemed flight flying from Shimla to Delhi today. Udan is a scheme that will help people to use air-travel at cheaper rates and will connect many cities throughout country.
Udan is actually an acronym that stands for ‘Ude Desh la Aam Naagrik’ and it is the first of its kind scheme with airfares of Rs 2500 for approximately one hour of air travel time per seat. Udan will make air travel accessible to citizens in regionally important areas and with five airlines operating on 128 routes connecting 70 airports, including 31 unserved and 12 under-served ones. These flights will significantly improve the local connectivity throughout the country.
Each Udan flight will consist of 50% seats which can be booked at Rs 2500 per seat while the other seats can cost up to Rs 8,500! Bummer! Not sure about how those expensive seats will fill up where as the cheap seats will be picked up like hot cakes! The scheme also provides for various benefits including no airport charges and three-year exclusivity on the routes. For more details on Udan flights, check out here.
The goody-goody flight scheme which will make air travel possible for anyone will be inaugurated today by PM Narendra Modi at Shimla. In Jubbarhatti airport, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off three flights – on the Shimla-Delhi sector, the Kadapa-Hyderabad and the Nanded-Hyderabad sectors.
The Kadapa-Hyderabad and Nanded-Hyderbad flights will be operated by TruJet and minimum tickets on these two routes is priced at Rs 1,000 one way and Delhi-Shimla route one-way ticket is priced at Rs 1,920. The prices will vary as per the distance covered and time taken by flights to reach the destinations. This scheme will surely attract many common people to opt for air-travel, maybe for the first time in their lives.