New Delhi, Oct 31|| PIB

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched a seaplane service between the Statue of Unity near Kevadiya in Gujarat’s Narmada district and the Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad. This is India’s first-ever water aerodrome and sea plane service. The Prime Minister travelled in the plane on its inaugural run

The Prime Minister inaugurated Water Aerodrome at Kevadia and the Sea-plane Service connecting Statue of Unity in Kevadia with Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad, marking the 145th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. This is India’s first-ever water aerodrome and sea plane service. The Prime Minister travelled in the plane on its inaugural run.

Shri Modi also inaugurated Water Aerodrome in Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad and the SeaPlane Service from Sabarmati Riverfront to Kevadia. These are part of a series of Water Aerodromes being planned to bring the last mile connectivity.

  1. India’s First Seaplane Service
  2. In a first-of-its-kind service, the 19-seater seaplane will probably be used for flights between the Sabarmati riverfront and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s Statue of Unity. The seaplane has arrived from the Maldives.
  3. Leased by Spicejet, the Twin Otter 300 seaplane will be capable to accommodate 12 passengers.
  4. The providers will probably be supplied incentives and advantages beneath the central authorities’ ‘Udaan’ scheme. The scheme is being applied as per a tripartite settlement between the Gujarat authorities, the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
  5. The seaplane will lower journey time and enhance connectivity between the Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmadabad and the Statue of Unity in Kevadia, which is roughly 90 km from Vadodara, 150 km from Surat, and 200 km from Ahmadabad.
  6. The space of 200 km between Ahmadabad to Nevada normally takes 4 hours by highway. Nonetheless, now the seaplane will take just one hour to achieve its vacation spot. 
  7. SpiceJet will ply 4 round-trips of the seaplanes in a day i.e., eight flights between Ahmadabad and Kevadia.
  8. The ticket worth of a single seaplane ticket is anticipated to be about Rs.1500.

Seaplanes have the ability to land and take-off from water thus offering access to areas that do not have landing strips or runways. Thus it can help in connecting the geographies/regions that have challenges owing to its topography and bring the remotest parts of India into the mainstream aviation network without the high cost of building airports and runways. These smaller fixed wing airplanes can land on water bodies like lakes, backwaters and dams, gravel and grass, thus offering easy access to numerous tourist spots as well.


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