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Leading national airlines to participate in second round of Udan's regional flights

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 scheme.

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.



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