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UDAN scheme: Air Deccan’s 18-seater B190 aircraft lands at Shillong airport

"The test flight went well and we are satisfied with the facilities at the airport," an Air Deccan official said.   

Reported by: India TV News Desk, Shillong [ Published on: April 27, 2018 13:58 IST ]

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An Air Deccan aircraft landed at Shillong airport on Friday on a trial run from Agartala under the Centre's UDAN scheme.

Air Deccan's 18-seater B190 aircraft landed at the Shillong airport at Umroi, 25 km from here, yesterday. 

"The test flight went well and we are satisfied with the facilities at the airport," an Air Deccan official said. 

The official said that the test flight report would be submitted to the head office which would decide on the commencement date of regular flights in the sector. Under the 'Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik' (UDAN) scheme, the Shillong airport will be connected with Agartala, Aizawl, Dimapur, Imphal and Silchar. 

Meanwhile, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma congratulated the Air Deccan on successfully introducing flights to and from Shillong.

The UDAN scheme aims to stimulate regional connectivity with flights covering distances up to 800 km through a market-based mechanism.

Earlier, five airlines — Alliance Air, SpiceJet, Turbo Megha, Air Odisha and Air Deccan — were awarded 128 routes under the UDAN scheme after a bidding process.

The government aims at making flying affordable by capping fares at Rs. 2500 per seat per hour.

The scheme is a component of the National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP) which was released on June 15, 2016.

(With PTI inputs)

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