New Delhi, March 30: The government on Thursday announced 45 new airports and over 70 regional routes under the Udan scheme that caps ticket fares at Rs 2500 for one-hour flights. The Civil Aviation Ministry also gave licences to five domestic airlines to fly on these routes. Out of the 43 bids that the ministry received, the five airlines that have gained licences are Alliance Air, SpiceJet, Air Deccan, Air Odisha and TruJet. The scheme will run for 10 years and is aimed at reviving existing airstrips and airports. The first phase that has been unveiled on Thursday includes 45 airports and 72 routes. (Also Read: All you need to know about UDAN scheme) Also Read - SpiceJet, GoAir Not to Carry Vivo's Shipments After Hong Kong Airport Fire Incident
While unveiling the new routes, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayan Sinha said that every Indian citizen could avail the benefits of the UDAN scheme. “Jo price cap hai 2500, aam janta upyog kar sakti hai, hamara nara tha hawai chappal wale bhi hawaijahaz me baithenge (The common people can avail the capped price under this scheme. Our motto is that those who wear rubber slipper should also fly on airplanes),” Sinha said. Also Read - SpiceJet, Avenue Capital Group Enter Into MoU For Aircraft Acquisition
Here are the 45 new airports and new regional routes unveiled by the Ministry of Civil Aviation:
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