UDAN will allow five airline companies to regionally connect 70 airports including 30 unserved airports through 128 routes. It will allow inexpensive air travel that will cost just Rs 2500 for a one-hour flight and will connect small towns in India effectively.
Wanting to travel in airplanes can be said to be the dream of everyone but not all can afford the expensive air travel, and even if one can, there are limited routes in India. But seems like this will sail or rather fly in history because of the inexpensive regional air connectivity under the government’s UDAN – Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik scheme will allow travellers to save on time and enable the middle-class in small town India to take their first flights. The scheme’s name loosely translates as “let the common man fly”.
Under the proposed policy, five airlines will connect 70 airports through 128 Routes at minimal cost of Rs 2500 per person. The operators are Air India’s subsidiary Airline Allied Services, SpiceJet, Air Deccan, Air Odisha and Turbo Megha. These 19-78 seater flights would connect airports spread across over 20 states and union territories including Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
50% of the seats in each airline will be reserved at the 2.5k subsidised tickets. This might be a problem because the flights are subsidised partially and not fully. But the good side is that some of the inactive airports that will soon witness regional flights include Shimla, Agra, Bikaner, Gwalior, Kadapa, Rourkela, Jharsuguda, Vidyanagar, Burnpur, Diu, Shillong, Kullu, Mysore, Jagdalpur, Salem, Utkela, and Hosur.
Flying was a rich man’s prerogative earlier, but now it has also become a common man’s prerogative, thanks to UDAN. This service is expected to launch by next month and then anyone can fly.