India to Widen Seaplane Operation following MoU between Civil Aviation and Ministry of Ports
The Indian ministry of state for ports, shipping, and waterways has signed an MoU with the ministry of civil aviation to develop seaplane services within the country.
With the joint effort, a new routes and new water aerodromes for seaplane operations will be established.
“MoU for development of seaplanes services under RCS-UDAN scheme signed between the ministry of state for ports, shipping, and waterways and ministry of civil aviation. Seaplane operations will result in enhanced connectivity of remote places and boost religious tourism.” - Said Minister of state for ports, shipping, and waterways
Seaplane operations were first launched in India by SpiceJet airlines with the assistance from national airline Maldivian.
Maldivian’s DHC6 Twin Otter was wet-leased with the crew for the operation in India which was commenced in October 2020.
Daily seaplane flights were operated between the Statue of Unity near Kevadiya in Gujarat's Narmada district and the Sabarmati riverfront.
The Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation would be considering potential operators for additional seaplane operation.
SpiceJet itself has plans to bring its own aircraft for seaplane operations. There would be no longer the need to wet-lease seaplane and crew from Maldivian when the airline receives its own aircraft.