PM Narendra Modi launches UDAN scheme, flags off first UDAN flight on Shimla-Delhi route

Thursday 27th of April 2017

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 27 April 2017 launched air regional connectivity scheme UDAN (Ude Desh ka Har Nagarik) during his day-long stop by at Shimla. In the scheme, the earliest UDAN flight was flagged off on Shimla-Delhi route.Simultaneously, PM Narendra Modi also launched the inaugural UDAN flights on Kadapa – Hyderabad and Nanded - Hyderabad routes.Prior on the launch on this UDAN flight, Kingfisher was truly the only airline that operated regular flights between Delhi and Shimla till September 2012.


Highlights belonging to the UDAN flight on Delhi -Shimla route• This UDAN flight has got to be regular flight, which could operate five days in any week. • The flight will depart at 6.10 a.m. from Delhi all of which arrive Shimla at 7.25 a.m. On the same day itself, the flight will depart at 7.45 a.m. from Shimla all of which get back to Delhi at 8.45 a.m.• The airfare to do this 1-hour journey close to 500 km also know as the airfare for 30 minute journey on a helicopter can be capped at Rs 2500.Highlights belonging to the UDAN Scheme• The UDAN Scheme is an essential element belonging to the National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP) which premiered in June 2016.• UDAN is often a first-of-its-kind scheme which aims to stimulate regional connectivity via a market-based mechanism.• In the scheme, 24 airports from the western region, 17 from the northern region, 11 from the southern region, 12 in east and six in north-eastern parts of the country will link under this scheme.• The federal government will likewise connect 45 unserved and under-served airports along with the scheme.• The operators are Air India subsidiary Airline Allied Services, SpiceJet, Air Deccan, Air Odisha and Turbo Megha. They is operating 19-78 seater aircraft.• Operators need to provide 50 % belonging to the flight capacity with a cap of Rs 2500 hourly and at the least five rrncluding a more 13 people on helicopters sticking with the same price cap.CommentWith the normal plying of UDAN flight on Delhi - Shimla route, the tourism industry of their state is predicted to obtain a boost.Presently, the annual tourist arrival in Himachal Pradesh crosses 1.8 crore (18 million) in any year. The tourism sector contributes approximately seven % on the State Gross Domestic Product.

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