Tuesday, October 20, 2020

India's first seaplane service to begin 31 Oct

India's first seaplane service in Gujarat is set to begin from 31 October, the anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, with the aim of providing air connectivity from the Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad to the Statue of Unity in Kevadia.

The service will be operated by Spicejet Airlines.

The Gujarat government had earlier signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Airports Authority of India to start services in July.

In August, an official press release stated that the frequency of the seaplane service is likely to be eight flights a day (four arrivals and four departures).

The release had also said that the ticket is likely to cost around Rs 4,800 per person.

SpiceJet, which has reportedly signed a contracted with a French company that is manufacturing the seaplanes, will be using a 19-seater plane which will be able to carry 14 passengers.

For India's first project being developed in Gujarat, the Kevadia terminal is likely to be built over 0.51 acres in the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd premise in the Panchmuli lake area, as per the report. The Kevadia terminal is 200 kilometres away from Ahmedabad.

The terminal is proposed to have "modern amenities", and a daily footfall of 200 passengers is expected by the government, the report added.

“There will be four flights a day between Ahmedabad and Kevadia on each side — which means four arrivals and four departures. The ticket price per person will be about Rs.4,800. Anyone wishing to cut down on their travel time between Ahmedabad and Kevadia which currently takes about four hours one way can do so by turning it into a day’s trip. Return tickets can be booked on the seaplane to ensure that the passengers can return to Ahmedabad from Kevadia during the day. The journey by seaplane will be about one hour,” Indian Express quoted an airline official as saying.

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