Leading national airlines including Spice Jet, Jet Airways and Spice Jet
have expressed their intention to participate in the second round of regional
air connectivity scheme Udan in a big way. A one hour no frill flight will cost
a maximum of Rs 2500 per passenger under this scheme.
Disclosing this to newspersons Minister of state for civil aviation Jayant
Sinha said the scheme has been so successful that leading national airlines
have already placed orders medium sized planes ATRs so that they could
participate in the next round.
Mr Sinha was in Chennai on September 20 to inaugurate a daily no frills
flight to Mysore on the occasion of Dussera to be run by Hyderabad based
regional airline Trujet under the Udan scheme. Another flight will take off
from Vijaynagar in Karnataka to Hyderabad on September 21.
The minister said Spicejet has placed an order for purchase of 50 ATRs at a
cost of Rs ten thousand crores while Spice Jet is expected to purchase 50
Bombardier Q 400 aircrafts.
Stating that India has over four hundred unused airstrips, hardly one
hundred will become operational at the end of the first round of the Udan
In Tamil Nadu Neyveli, Salem and Hosur are part of the regional
connectivity scheme during the first phase.
Airport authority of India was taking steps to operate the flights to Hosur
airport which is being resisted by GVK run Bengaluru airport. Hosur airport is
close to Bengaluru's Electronic city and could be reached in 45 minutes while
it would take two hours to reach the Bengaluru airport.
The minister said discussions are taking place on some of the nitty
gritties of operating the Hosur airport. The GVK run Bengaluru airport has not
given no objection certificate for operating flights from Hosur airport citing
proximity to their airport.