UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) is a government initiative to connect India’s under-served and unserved airports to larger metros, and make air travel affordable for the common man.
It was announced by the government in October 2016 and launched in April 2017.
Under UDAN’s Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS), five airlines have been chosen by the government to operate on 128 routes, which will connect 27 served, 31 unserved and 12 under-served airports.
Under-served airports do not have more than one flight a day operating out of them.
Unserved airports have no flights operating to and from them.
Airline Allied Services (Alliance Air, an Air India subsidiary), Air Deccan, Air Odisha, SpiceJet and Turbo Megha Airways are the domestic carriers operating UDAN flights.
Alliance Air will operate on 15 routes.
Air Odisha will operate on 50 routes.
Air Deccan will operate on 34 routes.
SpiceJet will operate on 11 routes.
Turbo Megha Airways will operate on 18 routes.
In April, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated three routes under UDAN: Shimla-Delhi, Kadapa-Hyderabad and Nanded-Hyderabad.
Aircraft’s seating capacity will range from 19 to 78.
Airfare for 50 per cent seats for a one-hour flight covering about 500km on a fixed wing aircraft is capped at ₹2,500.
The remaining seats are priced at the discretion of the airline.