Prime Minister Narendra Modi today flagged off the Shimla-New Delhi flight, the maiden flight under government''s regional connectivity scheme Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN).
Addressing the gathering after the inauguration, he said that the UDAN Scheme is going to help tourism sector in Himachal Pradesh.
"The lives of the middle class are being transformed and their aspirations are increasing and given the right chance they can do wonders. Earlier aviation was considered to be the domain of a select few but it has changed now. Tier-2 & Tier-3 cities are becoming growth engines. If aviation connectivity is enhanced in these places, it will be beneficial," the Prime Minister said.
He further assured that his government''s civil aviation policy caters to aspirations of the people of India.
UDAN stands for Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (Every Indian citizen should fly). Alliance Air, an Air India subsidiary, will operate these flights between Delhi and Shimla five times a week.
The UDAN Scheme is a key component of the National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP) which was released on June 15 last year. Airfare for a one hour journey of approximately 500 km on a fixed wing aircraft or for a 30 minute journey on a helicopter would be capped at Rs 2,500.
Alliance Air, which will operate the Delhi-Shimla flight, has put the fare at Rs 2,036.
On March 30, 2017, the central government under the scheme awarded contracts to five companies to operate flight services on 128 routes that will connect 70 airports.(ANI)