Monday, August 01, 2022

Gujarat to resume seaplane ride with amphibious aircraft

The Gujarat government is all set to restore the seaplane service between Ahmedabad and Kevadia (now Ektanagar), home of the Statue of Unity (SoU), more than a year after it was discontinued, thanks to a new contract with Maritime Energy Heli Air Services Private Ltd.

(MEHAIR), which is set to procure a nine-seater amphibious Cessna aircraft. The aircraft will arrive in Gujarat by mid-August.

The service has been suspended since April 10, 2021, after SpiceJet pulled out and now MEHAIR, which had bid for the tender of the project issued by the Gujarat government in January, is in the final stage of procuring an amphibious Cessna aircraft from the US.

Following the termination of seaplane services by SpiceJet, the Gujarat State Aviation Infrastructure Company Limited (GUJSAIL), a Gujarat government undertaking, will now oversee the operations of the service instead of Union Civil Aviation Ministry.

Gujarat Director for Civil Aviation and CEO of GUJSAIL, Captain Ajay Chauhan confirmed that MEHAIR is in the process of importing a pre-owned Cessna Grand Caravan 208 amphibious aircraft. MEHAIR will operate the aircraft under the Viability Gap Funding (VGF) scheme of the Gujarat government instead of the RCS-UDAN scheme of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, which launched the service through SpiceJet in 2020.

Officials confirmed that MEHAIR, under VGF, will operate only two nine-seater flights per day — one onward and one return flight — between Sabarmati Riverfront and Dyke 3 of Sardar Sarovar Dam, near the Statue of Unity, to resume services.

31/07/22 Live Ahmedabad

To Read the News in full at Source, Click the Headline


Post a Comment