PM Narendra Modi flags off maiden UDAN flight, now fly from Delhi to Shimla

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday flagged off Shimla-New Delhi flight, the maiden flight under government’s regional connectivity scheme.

Narendra Modi flags off maiden UDAN flight

The Prime Minister also launched flights on Kadapa-Hyderabad and Nanded-Hyderabad sectors under UDAN scheme.

To make air travel accessible to citizens in regionally important cities, the Ministry launched Ude Deshka Aam Naagrik (UDAN) Regional Connectivity Scheme in October, 2016.


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This is a first-of-its-kind scheme globally to stimulate regional connectivity through a market-based mechanism. The UDAN Scheme is a key component of the National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP) which was released by the Ministry of Civil Aviation on June 15, 2016.

The airfare for a one hour journey of appx. 500 km on a fixed wing aircraft or for a 30-minute journey on a helicopter would be capped at Rs. 2,500, with proportionate pricing for routes of different stage lengths and flight duration.



Watch Video: PM @narendramodi launches  – Regional Connectivity Scheme for Civil Aviation – from Shimla

Airports to be connected: 27 currently served airports, 12 currently underserved airports and 31 currently unserved airports (for a total of 70 airports) will be connected through these 27 proposals.

Geographical spread: There is a good geographical spread in the proposals: 24 airports in the western, 17 in north, 11 in south, 12 in east and six in north-eastern regions are proposed to be connected. 22 states and two Union Territories will be connected through these 27 proposals.

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