Shimla: PM Narendra Modi has launched the UDAN scheme, a regional air connectivity programme under which the fares of flights will be capped at Rs 2500 for an hour-long flight of 500 km.
The PM launched the UDAN scheme from Shimla. UDAN an acronym for Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik, is aimed at boosting regional connectivity, a news agency reported. Flights were launched on the Kadapa-Hyderabad, Nanded-Hyderabad and Shimla-Delhi sectors.
Airlines will block 50% seats for cheap travel.
Five airlines, 128 routes to connect 70 airports. The PM said he Wants to see poor people fly and said tier-2 and tier-3 cities are becoming growth engines. If aviation connectivity is enhanced in these places, it will be beneficial, he said.