Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a seaplane landing at Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati river. Photo: Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty Images
India’s first seaplane service is all set to take off this weekend. Aimed to cut travel time and improve connectivity between the Sabarmati Riverfront and the Statue of Unity in Kevadia, the Twin Otter 300 aircraft will arrive from the Maldives on Monday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the service on the occasion of Sardar Vallabhai Patel’s anniversary on 31 October. Here’s what you need to know about the seaplane service in Gujarat:
Where will the seaplane connect?
The seaplane service will connect Kevadia and Ahmedabad. In Kevadia, the terminal will sprawl over 0.51 acres of the Panchmuli Lake of the Sardar Sarovar Dam at Limdi village. It is approximately 90km from Vadodara, 150km from Surat and 200km from Ahmedabad. The terminal building will have two check-in counters, modern amenities, a ticketing counter and more.
How many flights will operate in a day?
The plane will be operated by SpiceJet, with four round-trips, i.e. eight flights between Ahmedabad and Kevadia. The 19-seater plane will accommodate 14 passengers at a time.
How much time will a flight from Ahmedabad to Kevadia take?
The seaplane will cut travel time significantly. It takes about four hours to travel from Ahmedabad to Kevadia by road. By seaplane, one can reach in just an hour.
Where are the seaplanes coming from?
The aircraft are flying in all the way from the Maldives. The service will be operated by the pilots and crew of Maldivian Aero, the country’s national airline, though SpiceJet will sell the tickets.
What is the cost of a ticket on the Gujarat seaplane service?
Each ticket is expected to cost Rs4,800