The much awaited and widely hailed, UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) scheme also known as regional connectivity scheme (RCS) will see the light of the day when Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi flags off the Shimla-Delhi flight from Himachal Pradesh’s capital, Shimla.
An Alliance Air ATR-42 will ferry 15 passengers from Shimla to the National Capital Delhi. The government’s scheme stipulates that half of the seats on unconnected towns be filled at affordable rates. Going by these norms, fare of 50% of the seats on Shimla Delhi route has been fixed at INR 1920 (One Way).
“We will operate the ATR-42 aircraft five times a week between Delhi-Shimla. The demand is positive and seats on the route are filling up fast,” C S Subbhaih, CEO of Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Air India, was quoted as saying in the Business Standard.
However, the airline has sought a funding of 1.4 lakh per return flight in order to run the RCS service viably.
As part of the government’s RCS initiative, the Kadapa-Hyderabad and Nanded-Hyderabad services would also be started by TruJet.
“Currently we have four ATR-72 aircraft and we will increase our fleet to six by July end. We have decided to operate on 18 routes,” V Umesh, managing director of TruJet was quoted as saying in the Business Standard.
The other airlines to operate under the RCS scheme include SpiceJet, Air Odisha and Air Deccan. The UDAN scheme is an integral part of the National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP) released in June last year.