There are total 128 routes that were awarded to five carriers previously this year after a bidding process; SpiceJet was provided with 11 routes. Under the UDAN scheme, the government offers funding to the airlines to sell 50% of their total seats at lower fares.
The eminent low-cost airline of India SpiceJet on Monday announced the commencement of flight service between Hyderabad and Puducherry. It is the third venture of the airline as per the regional air connectivity scheme of the government of India. The airline will operate 78-seater aircraft on this route and its operations will start from August 16. With this new flight, Pondicherry will be connected to all major cities of India, including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore. Other cities like Tirupati, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Vijaywada and Varanasi will also be getting connected to Pondicherry through this flight.
SpiceJet is the only airline that will not take any government subsidy under the UDAN scheme. The low-cost carrier will serve destinations like Adampur, Kandla, Jaisalmer, Porbandar, Pondicherry and Kanpur under the scheme. For routes like Mumbai to Porbandar & vice-verse and Mumbai to Kandla & vice-verse, flight operations already commenced on the earlier this month.