Full-service carrier Jet Airways today offered fares starting as low as Rs 967 for the Udan flights which it plans to operate from next month.
The airline had yesterday announced the commencement of its operations under the government’s regional connectivity scheme, Udan, from June 14 onwards, with the first flight to be operated on the Lucknow-Allahabad-Patna sector.
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.
Besides Lucknow-Allahabad-Patna, the airline will also fly on the New Delhi-Nashik, Nagpur-Allahabad-Indore and Lucknow-Bareilly-Delhi routes.
The fares for the Lucknow-Allahabad-Patna flight under the Udan scheme will be Rs 967, while the flights on the Patna-Allahabad-Patna route will cost Rs 1,216, Jet Airways said in a release today.
Similarly, the ticket price for a trip on the Nagpur-Allahabad-Nagpur route has been pegged at Rs 1,690, while the Indore-Allahabad-Indore flight will cost Rs 1,914, the release added.
The fare for a Delhi-Nashik-Delhi flight will be Rs 2,665, it said.
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.
The government had in March 2017 awarded 128 regional routes to five airlines for launching flights under the Udan scheme, which aims at boosting air connectivity to the hinterland.
Under the scheme, the fares have been kept at Rs 2,500 for a one-hour journey.