Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday inaugurated the first Shimla-New Delhi flight under a government scheme to boost regional air connectivity to which he dubbed as an attempt to enable the common man to fly.
Here are the prominent features of this scheme-
1- The flight is being operated by Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Air India. The airline has deployed its 42-seater ATR plane on this sector from April 28.
2- The UDAN scheme targets regional connectivity with flights covering distances up to 800 km.
3- The government aims at connecting 45 unserved and under-served airports and make flying affordable by capping fares at Rs 2500 per seat/hour.
4- As there is temperature, runway length and restrictions, the aircraft will not be able to fly the total capacity of 48 passengers.
5- The airline estimates a total expenditure of Rs 4.06 lakh per return flight. However, the revenue it will be able to generate will be a mere Rs 2.64 lakh, including the viability gap funding from the Centre.Therefore, the airline has requested the state government for the balance amount of Rs 1,41,960 per return flight.
6- Over 45 unserved and under-served airports would be connected under the scheme -- UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik)-- that seeks to make flying more affordable.
7-On each flight, 50 per cent of the seats would have a cap of Rs 2,500 per seat/hour. Under UDAN, the operators would be extended viability gap funding.
8- Hyderabad -based carrier will launch flights on Hyderabad-Cuddapah, Hyderabad-Nanded and Nanded-Mumbai routes, the airline said in a statement in Hyderabad.
9-Trujet is one of the five operators who have been awarded 128 routes under the UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) scheme of the government.
10-Alliance Air, SpiceJet, Turbo Megha, Air Odisha and Air Deccan are five airlines which have been awarded 128 routes under the scheme.