SpiceJet, UDAN

Indian airline SpiceJet on Sunday launched 14 new flights under the government’s UDAN scheme.

The airline announced that it has also added 14 other direct flights. These will have air routes connecting metros and non-metros on domestic routes.

“Reaffirming the airline’s conviction on the Regional Connectivity Scheme, SpiceJet has started operating on the new UDAN.

According to the SpiceJet’s official statement, the latest UDAN routes consists of Kishangarh-Ahmedabad-Kishangarh, Lakhimpur-Guwahati-Lakhimpur, Jaipur-Amritsar-Jaipur, Delhi-Jharsuguda-Delhi, Hyderabad-Jharsuguda-Hyderabad, Kolkata-Jharsuguda-Kolkata and Bhopal-Udaipur-Bhopal. The service started on March 31.

The statement said the service connects the “un-served” market of Jharsuguda and the “underserved” markets of Kishangarh and Lakhimpur to key metros and cities across the country.

Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet said, “With the addition of 14 new UDAN flights, SpiceJet will operate a total of 33 daily flights under the regional connectivity scheme.”

The airline is also enhancing its domestic footprint with direct flights on the Mumbai-Bhopal-Mumbai, Mumbai-Gorakhpur-Mumbai, Chennai-Patna-Chennai, Delhi-Bhopal-Delhi (two new flights), Jaipur-Dharamshala-Jaipur and Surat-Bhopal-Surat sectors.

Flights on all the routes will be operational daily except on the Ahmedabad-Kishangarh sector. The evening flight on the Delhi-Bhopal route will fly on all days except Sunday, the airline said.

UDAN was launched by the central government in 2016. The scheme is meant to provide regional air connectivity to unserved and underserved airports across the country at affordable fare.

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