Shimla Airport which is not having even as single flight from September 2012 onwards, is likely to be again in the aviation map in the Country as five airlines have come forward to fly in 70 airports on 128 different air routes including Shimla, Agra, Nanded, Kanpur and Jamshedpur. This was stated by a Union Government official today stating that it had succeeded to resolve a dispute with major Indian carriers over levying regional connectivity charges.
The move was reportedly matured after setting up a corpus fund of Rs 205 crore under project Udan to create around 1.3 million seats to be kick-off and open the under-developed regional aviation sector. Agra, Shimla, Nanded, Kanpur and Jamshedpur are among the many airports that would see connectivity under Udan. Experts have said the scheme has good business propositions.
The government shortlisted the successful bidders Alliance Air, SpiceJet, Air Deccan. Air Odisha and TruJet (Turbo Megha). The Udan scheme offers 50 per cent subsidy to airlines on these routes, route monopoly for three years and a host of other concessions at landing airports. It expects the airlines to cap fares at Rs 2,500 a seat an hour rate on regional flights. The Union Government has announced to restore air flight to Shimla Airport in a month.