TruJet, a regional carrier, which was given 18 routes under Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme, is planning to expand its fleet size to eight aircraft by March 2018. The airline is also looking to increase its number of flights to 50 later this year.

The airline currently operates 31 flights, which includes four under UDAN scheme to eight destinations with a fleet of five ATR planes.

“We currently have five aircraft in our fleet but only four of them are in operations. We are going to have some 7-8 planes in the fleet by this financial year,” said V Umesh, Founder & MD, Turbo Megha Airways. UDAN, which is a regional air connectivity scheme (RCS), seeks to connect new and underserved airports by providing affordable fares.

Umesh also said that TruJet is expecting to operate close to 50 flights per day by December, adding, “We are looking to launch all 18 routes under the regional connectivity scheme by the end of next month.” The airline has already commenced services in Hyderabad-Kadapa, Hyderabad-Nanded and Nanded-Mumbai routes under the scheme.