Gujarat is among the select states in the country where the sea plane infrastructure is being toned
up even as 14 Water aerodromes are under construction at an investment of Rs
aerodromes likely to be commissioned within a year
These aerodromes are coming in Gujarat, Assam Andhra Pradesh and Telengana
besides some islands. Of these two of them are not coastal states. These water
aerodromes are at various stages of development and likely to be commissioned
within a year according to sources
As many as 28 seaplane routes have been awarded so far under the Regional
Connectivity Scheme-UDAN, with a substantial component of central subsidy.Bids
are under evaluation for 78 more seaplane routes
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the country's first seaplane service in October last year between
the Sabarmati Riverfront in
Gujarat's state capital Ahmedabad and the Statue of Unity in Gujarat, looking to
bolster the state’s tourism under the
subsidised Udan scheme.
SpiceShuttle, a subsidiary of aviation player SpiceJet, operated the route
using a Twin Otter 300 seaplane, which can accommodate up to 19 people
including the crew.
operations stopped due to lockdown; operations yet to start
Four flights between the two destinations were being operated daily — with
each ticket costing Rs 4,800 — till April this year, when the second wave
forced parts of the country into lockdown. The operations are yet to restart.
Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways
signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on June 15th for the development of
seaplane services, calling it a “game-changer”. The move aims to enhance
seamless connectivity and give a boost to the tourism sector.