Jet Airways has come up with fares starting as low as Rs 967 on select routes under the UDAN scheme, informed the carrier in a press release issued on Tuesday. Country's second largest private carrier announced the launch of operations under the ‘Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik’ (UDAN) scheme. Jet Airways had bagged four routes in the second round of bidding in January, in which a total of 325 routes were awarded to various operators. Starting from June 14, Jet Airways will fly three times a week on the Lucknow-Allahabad-Patna route. Besides this, the airline will also fly on the New Delhi-Nashik, Nagpur-Allahabad-Indore and Lucknow-Bareilly-Delhi routes.
Under the UDAN scheme, the airline will be operating the new flights on the Lucknow-Allahabad-Lucknow route with RCS (regional connectivity scheme) seats at Rs 967 whereas the fare on the Patna-Allahabad-Patna routes would be Rs 1,216. From June 15, Jet Airways will fly three times a week between New Delhi and Nashik and will commence operations three times a week on the Nagpur-Allahabad-Indore route from June 16.
Routes and fares of Jet Airways under Udan scheme:
Lucknow-Allahabad-Lucknow: Rs 967
Patna-Allahabad-Patna: Rs. 1,216
Nagpur-Allahabad-Nagpur: Rs. 1,690
Delhi-Nashik-Delhi: Rs. 2,665
With at least half of the seats in the Udan flights are offered at subsidised rates, the participating carriers get a certain amount of viability gap funding (VGF) - an amount shared between the Centre and the states concerned. To fund the scheme, the civil aviation ministry is collecting a levy of Rs 5,000 per departure from airlines operating in major routes, including Mumbai and Delhi.
(With PTI inputs)