Tuesday, January 29, 2019

SpiceJet Seaplanes to Take UDAN from Statue of Unity as Govt OKs 235 Subsidised Routes

SpiceJet and Turbo Aviation will be the first Indian airline companies to fly seaplanes on a commercial basis. The companies came out successful winners today to operate the service in the third round of the government's regional connectivity scheme that aims to connect under-served and unserved airports in the country. The Gurugram-headquartered airline has won the right to fly seaplanes to and from Statue of Unity, besides three other water aerodromes.

Statue of Unity is the world's tallest statue, built on a river island facing the Sardar Sarovar Dam in river Narmada and is dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel . Seaplanes were not part of the first two rounds of the scheme.

The 235 routes cleared by the ministry cover 16 unserved and 17 under-served airports and six water aerodromes including the memorial. There are 50 airports which are already being served and will be connected to these under-served and unserved airports. There were 11 successful bidders in the round.
The Ajay Singh-promoted airline was again the big winner in the third installment of the scheme, having emerged most successful in the previous two rounds as well. Out of the 73 proposals cleared in the latest round, 24 belong to Spicejet, 12 to InterGlobe Aviation and five to Jet Airways. SpiceJet's two proposals were among the only three cleared for seaplane operations.
28/01/19 Mccatchy/AviationPros