70% Seats sold on flights to smaller cities under UDAN scheme

70%  Seats sold on flights to smaller cities under UDAN scheme

Courtesy : Agencies17/09/2018 20:51

 5.24 lakh seats taken under UDAN scheme since April 2017

For every 10 seats available underthe government’s low-cost flying scheme, as many as seven were grabbed by passengers since its launch last year, according to data accessed underthe RTI (Right to Information) Act. Seat occupancy, also known as passengerload factor, is an indicator of demand on a particular route. Extrapolation of data sought by The Media House through a RTI application shows that as many 7.5 lakh seats were made available for sale by eight airline operators, of which 5.24 lakh seats were So far, two rounds of bidding have taken place forroutes underthe regional connectivity scheme (RCS) or UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik), which aims to take flying to the masses and enhance air connectivity to Tier-1 and Tier-2 cities. A total of 428 routes were awarded to 17 airline and helicopter operators. Of these, eight airlines have started flights on 96 routes, while helicopter services are yet to commence. Airlines have to set aside 50% of the total aircraft capacity for cheaperfares to be offered at the rate of 2,500 per hour of flight, in return for which airlines are given a subsidy by the Centre and the State government concerned. The government data show that the three airlines with the highest seat occupancy rate are low-cost carrier(81.4%),regional airline TrueJet (70.7%) and AirIndia’s regional arm Alliance Air(64.9%)

The two carriers launched operations in the second half of this year. Zoom Air sold 56.4% of its total seats and Air Deccan sold 53.4 %. At the bottom of the stack is Air Odisha, with a mere 24% seats sold.

The five most successfulroutes underthe scheme in terms of the passengerload factor are Mumbai-Porbandar(93%), Delhi-Kanpur- Delhi (91.5%), Mumbai-Kandla-Mumbai (91%), Delhi-Shimla-Delhi (89.5%), Delhi-Adampur-Delhi (86%). Four of these routes are operated by SpiceJet. The routes that have flopped so far are Shillong-Dimapur-Shillong (1%), AhmedabadBhavnagar-Ahmedabad (11%), Ahmedabad Jamnagar-Ahmedabad (14%), Ahmedabad-DiuAhmedabad (19%) and Gwalior-Indore-Gwalior(35%). Air Odisha serves four of these worst routes.


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