After seaplanes, air taxi services take UDAN in India

These UDAN flights will reduce the journey time between Hisar and Chandigarh from 4 hours and 50 minutes to 45 minutes

After seaplanes, air taxi services take UDAN in India
Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar flagging off the air taxi service. Image courtesy: Twitter/@mlkhattar

Gone are the days when you experienced the thrill of riding an air taxi only through Hollywood films. Some of the lucky ones amongst us might have actually used it as a means of transport before. But now, all Indians can proudly say that the country has its own air taxi service.

Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik (UDAN) is not just a slogan now. The first flight to the newly-constructed Hisar airport from Chandigarh was flagged off by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday (January 14).

The flagging off marks the operationalisation of 54th airport under the UDAN scheme. To date, 307 routes and 54 airports, including five heliports and two water aerodromes have been operationalised under the scheme.

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar during the launch of the air taxi service between Hisar and Chandigarh. Twitter/@mlkhattar

Hisar airport is a public licensed airport that is suitable for the 18-seater type of aircraft. 

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The development of the airport was undertaken by the ministry of civil aviation (MoCA) as it aligns with the dual objectives of the UDAN scheme: letting the common citizen of the country fly and making air travel affordable and widespread in the country. 

These UDAN flights will reduce the journey time between Hisar and Chandigarh from 4 hours and 50 minutes to a comfortable 45 minutes, that too at an affordable fare since a financial incentive in the form of Viability Gap Funding (VGF) is provided by the Centre, state governments and airport operators to the selected airlines to encourage operations from unserved and underserved airports under the scheme.

This air connectivity will fulfil the aspirations of the people of Haryana and Chandigarh. 

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Many people travel frequently between these two cities for personal as well as professional purposes. Hisar is the administrative headquarter of Haryana's Hisar district. 

The place is India's largest galvanised-iron-manufacturing city. The commencement of flight operations on this route will provide impetus to the local economy and enhance the aerial connectivity of the region.