SpiceJet is all set to launch and operate the country’s first seaplane service in Gujarat from October 31, the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Though an official confirmation is awaited, it is likely that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the service and also board the first flight that will take off from the Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad at 10:15 am and reach the Statue of Unity in Kevadia, Gujarat at 10:45 am.
It may be noted that seaplanes can land on both small water bodies and short airstrips. The service will offer access to areas that do not have landing strips and runways. The first seaplane landed in India from Male in the Maldives on Sunday.
Commenting on the development, Dr Rajiv Kumar Gupta, Additional Chief Secretary in Gujarat’s Forest and Environment Department, said, “Seaplane for Kevadia takes off from Male, Maldives. Regular seaplane service, 4 times a day will connect 2 great and visionary projects given by Hon @PMOIndia to the nation-Sabarmati River Front and the Statue of Unity. A gigantic leap in making Kevadia a truly international tourist spot.”
The seaplane flights will be operated by SpiceJet’s fully-owned subsidiary, Spice Shuttle. Initially, SpiceJet will operate two daily round-trip flights on the Ahmedabad-Kevadia route.