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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Launches Cheap Flights Scheme 'Udan' From Shimla: Highlights

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Launches Cheap Flights Scheme 'Udan' From Shimla: Highlights

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched the ambitious UDAN in Shimla, a scheme to help people to fly cheap to small-towns. In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister's Office had said the airfare for a one-hour journey of 500 km has been capped at Rs. 2,500, which will be an all-inclusive charge. For longer routes and flight duration, the pricing may vary. A single person can buy 9 to 40 seats in a flight.

Here are the highlights of PM Narendra Modi's public address in Shimla:
  • Air travel is now not just for the rich. I wanted air travel to be for all
  • The biggest shortcoming was that there was no aviation policy
  • Happy that we had the fortune to frame independent India's first aviation policy
  • In the meeting to draft the law, I wanted people with hawai chappals to fly in hawai jahaz 
  • Today, by road, the taxi fare costs Rs. 8-10 per km
  • Delhi to Shimla by air is one hour, by road it is 9 km
  • This route will not just save time. But by air the journey will cost just Rs. 6 to Rs. 7 per km
  • I want to give aviation companies a free tip
  • 70 years after independence we just have 70 to 75 airports which are being used commercially

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