Edited by Anindita Sanyal
| Wednesday April 26, 2017, New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched UDAN, a scheme to help people to fly cheap to small towns. "Air travel is now not just for the rich, I want air travel to be for all," PM Modi said after flagging off flights from Jubbarhatti, an airport on the outskirts of Shimla. UDAN is short for "Ude desh ka aam naagrik", meaning 'the common man flies'. With aviation being regarded as a sunrise sector, it became the centerpiece of India's first national aviation policy launched in June last year. Announced four months later, Udan connects small towns with big cities. The lowest airfare is Rs. 2,500.