More than 150,000 flights have started under the Centre’s UDAN program: Scindia

Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Sunday highlighted the government’s efforts to increase air connectivity and said more than 1.5 lakh flights have been launched in the past 5 years.

He also noted that the number was achieved under the UDAN program.

“Under Udaan Yojana, the democratization of the aviation sector has taken place and 1,93,000 flights have been launched on the basis of viability gap funding in the past 5 years, where the government will also bear the cost of tickets” , Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia told ANI.

The UDAN program launched in 2016 aims to meet the aspirations of the common man with advanced aviation infrastructure and air connectivity in Category II and III cities, in line with the vision of Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik. In a short period of 5 years, to date, 419 flight routes connect 67 underserved/unserved airports, including heliports and water aerodromes.

Scindia also pointed out that the country is witnessing the democratization of the aviation industry and the country expects to reach 40 million air travelers in the next four years.

Scindia and MoS for Civil Aviation VK Singh virtually inaugurated Akasa Air’s first flight (QP1101) from Mumbai to Ahmedabad. They also reported Akasa Air’s first flight from Delhi which took off from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (T1) at 10.05am on Sunday.

Speaking to ANI, Scindia said: “The new airline ‘Akasa Airlines’ has started. It’s a new dawn for airlines. The last two decades have been difficult for the industry not only in India but in the world. world. Seven airlines were closed in India during this period.”

According to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Akasa Air is the 7th scheduled airline with the brand name SNV Aviation having its headquarters in Mumbai with Boeing Max – 8 aircraft. Akasa Air plans to be a low-cost carrier with a single fleet and all seats in economy class. Akasa Air plans to expand its operations to 72 aircraft over the next five years, which will significantly improve domestic aviation services in India.

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