India’s air travel scene is changing fast and for good. In a series of new additions under the ambitious Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik (UDAN) scheme, passengers will now be able to fly from Chandigarh to Hisar in under 45 minutes (at super affordable rates, too!), thanks to India’s first small aircraft taxi. By Kumar Shree
Haryana’s Chief Minister Shri Manohar Lal Khattar recently inaugurated India’s first small aircraft taxi service from Chandigarh to Hisar. The air taxi service, introduced under the UDAN scheme, is managed and operated by Air Taxi Aviation Company (ATAC).
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These air taxis can accommodate four people in total, that is, one pilot and three passengers. And, the flight will cover its journey every day, even if there’s only one passenger on board. A seat on this air taxi is priced at INR 1,755 per seat.
Airport Authority of India also tweeted about the inauguration. “Haryana CM Sh. Manohar Lal Khattar @mlkhattar flagged off the first flight from Chandigarh @IXCairport as part of the inauguration of India’s First Air taxi Service from Chandigarh-Hisar Airport under the Regional Connectivity Scheme RCS-UDAN. #UdeDeshKaAamNagrik #AAI #AirTaxi,” it read.
Haryana CM Sh. Manohar Lal Khattar @mlkhattar flagged off the first flight from Chandigarh @IXCairport as part of the inauguration of India’s First Air taxi Service from Chandigarh-Hisar Airport under the Regional Connectivity Scheme RCS-UDAN. #UdeDeshKaAamNagrik #AAI #AirTaxi pic.twitter.com/lpHaYIT3zQ
— Airports Authority of India (@AAI_Official) January 16, 2021
As reported by LiveMint.com, CM Khattar was quoted as saying, “In 2nd phase, services for Hisar to Dehradun will begin. In the 3rd phase, two more routes from Chandigarh to Dehradun and Hisar to Dharamshala will be added. The company also plans to include Shimla, Kullu, and more Haryana routes.”
The UDAN scheme aims to connect India’s Tier-2 and Tier-3 regions with metros through affordable air routes. Since air taxi services have gained momentum during the global pandemic, this new addition is particularly significant. With this, people will have an added means of travelling, where they can do so with lesser people on board while also maintaining safety.