First Sea Plane Welcomed by Kerala

Published on: 31 May, 2013
Published under: Kerala Travel News

30 May 2013

Kerala Tourism on Thursday received a shot in the arm as the first seaplane which will connect the state’s most popular backwater destinations arrived at the Kochi airport. Minister for Tourism A.P. Anil Kumar, accompanied by State Planning Board Vice Chairman K.M. Chandrasekhar and Tourism Secretary Suman Billa, formally received the aircraft as it touched down at the international airport in Kochi on its maiden flight to Kerala.

The six-seater Cessna 206 H amphibian aircraft, capable of flying five hours at a stretch was welcomed at the airport’s aircraft maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) hanger with a water salute by two tankers of the airport fire force.

Chandrasekhar said the introduction of the seaplane in Kerala marks a new chapter in the country’s civil aviation sector and it will soon encourage other coastal states to follow suit. Bengaluru-based Kairali Aviation will run the maiden service of the seaplane project which is based on a Zero Subsidy – Open Sky Policy. The seaplanes will fly roughly 6,500 feet above ground providing panoramic views of the lush green Kerala landscape.


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