Tuesday, 21 August 2018

UDAN to expand To International Locations

Government of India new regional air connectivity scheme UDAN is all set to spread its wings in International locations. International air travel can be done for Rs 2500 per hour, which is the cap on domestic flights under this scheme.

Civil Aviation Ministry is
planning to expand the program into international locations under its Udega Desh ka Aam Nagrik or UDAN Scheme. Under UDAN, domestic flights tariff are capped at Rs 2500 per hour, and the difference in the air-fares is filled in by the Govt. as part of subsidy. 50% of all tickets in some routes are reserved for UDAN Flights.

More than 400 routes have been covered under this scheme, and there has been encouraging response to this offer. Private airlines like Jet and Indigo have used this scheme to further lower the costs and to encourage more air-travel.

The unnamed official said, “There could be an argument for a level playing field for all airlines. But the thinking is to start with domestic airlines only. It could be domestic carriers now and international players can join in later.”

SpiceJet has already shown interest in flying abroad under UDAN.

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