Newly-operationalised airports improve connectivity, boost tourism and trade, and generate employment (infrastructure and airport-allied services). But the success of the UDAN scheme rests on the footfall witnessed by these airports over time. Although affordable airfare is a prime factor for travellers, the question remains whether this aspect alone is sufficient to make air travel feasible for the common man.
With EVs (e-cabs or e-buses) enabling cheaper fares for airport access, air transport can become more affordable for the general public—the core objective of the UDAN scheme. In addition, this would ensure inclusive growth and may lead to higher footfall at airports, which can be a major boost to the aviation sector in the country.
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