Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Gujarat: Seaplane service gone with the wind?

Ahmedabad: The launch of India’s first seaplane service appears to have jumped the gun.

After its grand launch on October 31, the service actually operated for a maximum of 24 days, from Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad to the Statue of Unity in Kevadia and vice versa.

Even though SpiceJet, the airline which operates the service, had claimed that bookings were to reopen on December 20, they have not.

The website, www.spiceshuttle.com, shows no flight available while the ticketing window is closed. An airline spokesperson had last week said that the service would resume operations on December 27. Bookings for any dates after December 27 were unavailable.

SpiceJet did not respond to TOI’s questions on the reasons for bookings not yet resuming. Industry players said that haphazard service and improper booking channels will only add to people’s apprehensions about the service.

22/12/20 Niyati Parikh/Times of India

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