Air Deccan Begins Flight Operations Under UDAN Scheme; All Tickets Under Mumbai-Nashik Route For Today Sold Out
New Delhi, December 13: Low-cost airline Air Deccan is all set to relaunch its operations in December under Udan (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) with airfares as low as Re1 to a lucky few. The aviation market in India is one of the fastest growing in the world. In the first round of bidding for ‘Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik’ scheme (UDAN) in March this year, five carriers including Air Deccan had won the rights to operate UDAN flights. These five carriers have been awarded 128 routes.
As per reports by Mint, GR Gopinath who is the founder of Air Deccan said that the first Air Deccan flight will be launched on December 22 and fly to Mumbai from Nashik. A report by Mint further stated that in its second innings, Air Deccan will begin with four bases at Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Shillong, connecting them with smaller cities around them.
Gopinath further informed that some of the initial lucky people will be able to get Re1 fares. The fares for most flight tickets will start at about Rs1,400 for a 40-minute Nashik-Mumbai flight. It has to be noted that the Nashik-Mumbai distance by road is about four hours. The airline is believed to use 19-seater Beech 1900 D planes that are used worldwide. The airline is also believed to operate daily return flights between Nashik and Pune and Mumbai and Jalgaon. As per details by Mint, Gopinath said Air Deccan will station two planes in Kolkata, flying them to Jamshedpur, Rourkela, Durgapur, Bagdogra, Burnpur, Cooch Behar, Agartala, and from Shillong to Imphal, Dimapur, Aizawl and Agartala.
The UDAN Scheme is a key component of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP). Under the UDAN scheme, airfares are capped at Rs. 2,500 per person for an hour’s flight to Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities. The government will provide subsidy for keeping tickets at low prices. It is aimed at improving air connectivity to Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities.