Udaan: My dream is to see slipper-wearing passengers fly: PM Modi

Udaan: My dream is to see slipper-wearing passengers fly: PM Modi


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday flagged off the first Rs 2,500 an hour flight as part of the government's UDAN scheme that makes air travel cheaper and accessible to lower middle class families of India and plans to enhance connectivity with more airports across the country.


The first regional flight under the 'Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik' (UDAN) scheme was flagged off between Shimla and Delhi. Air India subsidiary Alliance Air, which will operate the Delhi-Shimla flight, has put the fare at Rs 2,036.



"I want to see poor people fly. If the middle class of our country gets a chance they would change the image as well as the destination of the nation. The lives of the middle class will transform and their aspirations are increasing," PM Modi said, addressing a gathering here, adding the scheme is going to help tourism sector in Himachal Pradesh and other places where it would be launched soon.


According to an official statement, 24 airports in the western region, 17 in the northern region, 11 in the southern region, 12 in east and six in north-eastern parts of the country are proposed to be connected under this scheme. Under this programme, the government intends to connect 45 unserved and under-served airports.


On March 30 this year, the central government under the scheme awarded contracts to five companies to operate flight services on 128 routes that will connect 70 airports.




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