India Looking For A New Seaplane Operator As SpiceJet Withdraws
Indian authorities are looking for a new operator for seaplane services as SpiceJet withdraws from the contract.
SpiceJet launched the first ever seaplane operation in the country in October 2020 with aircraft and crew leased from national airline Maldivian.
Daily flights were operated between Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad and the Statue of Unity in Kevadia, India.
In mid-2021 Indian ministry of state for ports, shipping, and waterways signed an MoU with the ministry of civil aviation to widen seaplane services within the country developing new water aerodromes.
Spicejet initially planned to acquire its own DHC6 Twin Otters for the seaplane operations before eventually withdrawing from the contract.
According to reports, three private firms have already shown interest in taking the contract which is for three years.