Low-cost carrier SpiceJet has announced its foray into the SeaPlane Services in India. The launch of the SeaPlane Service service falls on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
The airline is now all set to launch its SeaPlane Service on Ahmedabad-Kevadia route on October 31 with fares starting at ₹1500. SpiceJet will operate two daily flights on the said route.
The all-inclusive one-way fares will begin at Rs 1500 under the UDAN scheme and tickets will be available on www.spiceshuttle.com from October 30. SpiceJet will be using a 15-seater Twin Otter 300 aircraft for these flights.
The aircraft will depart from the Sabarmati Riverfront, Ahmedabad at 10:15 am and will reach the Statue of Unity, Kevadia at 10:45 am. Twin Otter 300 is fitted with efficient Twin Turboprop Pratt & Whitney PT6A-27 engines.
The one-of-a-kind seaplane that will give flight to a million dreams made its way to Kevadia (Statue of Unity) at 12.30 pm yesterday from Maldives. In the next few days it will undergo extensive trials, following which it will be all set to take off, starting October 31st, 2020. pic.twitter.com/Fkgbdp3Qdj— Spice Shuttle (@flySpiceShuttle) October 27, 2020
Ajay Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, SpiceJet, said, “The launch of our first seaplane service will be remembered as one of the most notable events in the history of Indian aviation. We at SpiceJet feel proud to have played a role in fulfilling our Prime Minister’s vision of connecting the remotest parts of the country by air. Our seaplane service between the Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad and Statue of Unity in Kevadia will cut down travel time to just about half an hour and will be a unique, exhilarating flying experience that would immensely boost travel and tourism.”
“Infrastructural challenges have been a key deterrent for providing air connectivity to smaller towns and cities. With the ability to land on a small water body, seaplanes are the perfect flying machines that can effectively connect the remotest parts of India into the mainstream aviation network without the high cost of building airports and runways.”
“UDAN is one of the most remarkable schemes launched by the government that has provided unprecedented connectivity. SpiceJet has been the strongest supporter and the most enthusiastic participant in UDAN from the very beginning and was the only big private airline to participate in UDAN I. After building a network of flights across the length breadth of the nation under UDAN, SpiceJet’s new seaplane service is all set to introduce a whole new chapter for the country’s regional connectivity.”
SpiceJet has secured 18 seaplane routes under the UDAN which includes – Ahmedabad-Kevadia (Sabarmati River Front to Statue of Unity, Sardar Sarovar), Agatti-Minicoy, Agatti-Kavaratti, among others.