Sea Plane to Start Services from May 27

Published on: 23 May, 2013
Published under: General Kerala News, Kerala Travel News

23 May 2013

Kerala State Government have asked Kerala Tourism Department to start the Sea Plane Services aimed at linking remote tourist destinations by this month. The first seaplane for Kerala has reached New Delhi for the mandatory clearances from the Customs and the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and is expected to arrive in Kochi, the base of the seaplane operations, later this week.

First Sea Plane will take off preferably on May 27 from Ashtamudi Lake in Kollam. The project was showcased at the Emerging Kerala meet in Kochi last year to attract investors from across the world. Water-dromes, floating jetties, and other facilities have been built at Ashtamudi, Kumarakom, Vembanad, and Bakel. Houseboats have been deployed as terminals at the seaplane landing and takeoff sites with lounges for tourists.

The project envisages connecting 25 tourist destinations and the services will be in the prioritised circuit, Mr. Billa said. The Ashtamudi, Punnamada, Vembanad, and Kochi backwaters and Kottappuram are the prioritised destinations. The operations shall be based on zero-subsidy, open sky policy. The seaplanes will be allowed only to take the aerial route and the operations will be limited to daytime, he said.


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