First seaplane service takes off from Mumbai
Mumbai: Maritime Energy Heli Air Services Pvt Ltd (MEHAIR) and the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) flagged off the first commercial flight from Mumbai to Pavana dam (Lonaval) in the city today. The amphibian planes will eventually connect Mumbai with multiple state tourist destinations adjacent to 4 suitable water bodies even though there are no runways at these destinations. The flight from Mumbai to Pawana Dam, Lonavala are priced at Rs 2,999/- per person one way.
Speaking on the occasion of the launch of Seaplane service, Dr. Jagdish Patil, Mananging Director, Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), said, "These services will boost tourism greatly. Seaplanes will turn vacation destinations into weekend destinations. The fatigue involved in reaching these destinations will also come down drastically."
The service will save a lot of travel time for the users given that the aircraft will take a far lesser time to connect two points as opposed to road or rail journeys. MTDC has entered into an understanding with MEHAIR to launch the service in the state by extending its full support thus helping to engulf the vast vision and encumbrance of this venture.
Mr. Siddharth Verma, Co-Founder & Director, said, " It gives me great pleasure that the first seaplane service in the mainland of India is taking off from Mumbai. It is the first step towards covering India with a seaplane network over the next 3-5 years. I am sure Mumbaikar's will find the service extremely useful and exciting and the service will become a vital cog in the tourism initiative of the state and both tourists as well as pilgrims will benefit from it given that its connecting tourist as well as religious centers."
The seaplane service is being launched in Maharashtra with Cessna 208 Amphibian aircraft (9 seater) and Cessna 206 Amphibian (4 seater). These two models can accomodate 9 to 4 passengers respectively. "This is a new and exciting mode of transport which will provide the last mile connectivity to those areas where there is no airport but are popular tourist destinations." Mr. Siddharth Verma - Director & Co-Founder MEHAIR added.