Modi flags off Shimla to Delhi flight under UDAN scheme

Story By: Rajesh Sharma
Thursday, April, 27 2017 - 14:57

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday flagged Shimla-Delhi flight which was the first regional flight under the Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme.

The flight will be operated by Air India subsidiary Alliance Air at Rs 2,036 fare.

"I want to see people who wear hawai chappal (flip flops) in a hawai jahaz (airplane)," the PM said in Shimla in Himachal Pradesh today.

as per reports, the seating capacity of the airlines under the UDAN scheme will range from 19 to 78. Fifty per cent of the seats in every flight will have a fare cap of Rs 2,500 per hour.

Modi said the UDAN scheme caters to the aspirations of the people of India, making flights cheaper than taxi fare.

"The lives of the middle class are being transformed and their aspirations are increasing. Earlier, aviation was considered to be the domain of a select few. That has changed now," the Prime Minister told media.

The Shimla airport had been shut for scheduled flights since September 6, 2012.

"The UDAN scheme is going to help the tourism sector in Himachal Pradesh," Modi said.Accompanied by Himachal Governor Acharya Devvrat, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and Union Ministers P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Jayant Sinha and J.P. Nadda, Modi simultaneously flagged off the inaugural UDAN flights on the Kadapa-Hyderabad and Nanded-Hyderabad sectors through video conferencing.


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