Bekal to Get Seaplane Services Soon

Published on: 02 Jan, 2014
Published under: Kerala Travel News

1 January 2014

Seabird Seaplane Private Limited, a Kochi-based company, will operate a 9-seater seaplane from Kochi international airport to Lakshadweep soon. Flights will be operated in the Kochi-Bekal as well as Kochi-Gokarna (Karnataka) routes, according to initial plans.

The company has ordered a ‘Quest Kodiak 100 Amphibian aircraft’ from the U.S., which can accommodate 9 passengers. “It has received all regulatory approvals,” the official said.

Promoted by a group of hoteliers and aviation professionals, the company, Seabird Seaplane Private Limited, has received permission from Director General of Civil Aviation, New Delhi, to operate non-scheduled air transport services.

The operator intends to connect airports in South India such as Kochi, Bangalore and Chennai. The flights could be operated to any resort with a water body access, according to the company. The seaplane could be chartered at Rs.50,000 per hour. It could be hired for carrying patients on emergency medical services or for relief operations during natural calamities.

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