On Saturday, SpiceJet made an announcement about restarting its seaplane flight services between the Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad and the Statue of Unity near Kevadiya in Gujarat’s Narmada district from December 27. It further stated that for the passengers, the bookings of the seaplane service will commence from December 20, 2020. According to an SpiceJet official statement, the completely-owned subsidiary of SpiceJet ‘SpiceShuttle’ will restart its seaplane operations between Kevadia’s Statue of Unity and Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati Riverfront from December 27, 2020 with two daily flights on the route. On October 31, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had initiated the airline’s seaplane service between the two end points. However, after a few days only, the service was suspended by SpiceJet.
As a part of the UDAN scheme, the SpiceJet’s subsidiary Spice Shuttle operates the seaplane service in Ahmedabad. A distance of almost 200 km is covered in 40 minutes by the 19-seater plane. In the state, SpiceJet’s subsidiary Spice Shuttle runs two seaplane flights daily between Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad and the Statue of Unity at Kevadiya. Talking about seaplanes, they are archetypally fixed-wing aircraft with a much fewer number of seats. Apart from this, they can take off from, and land on, water. Since 19th century, they have been in use.
The decision will be a yet another major boost for the tourism sector of Gujarat. Ever since the Unity of Statue was installed, the rise in the number of tourists have been unprecedented and the seaplane service will lead to yet another surge in the anxious tourists.