October 31 2020: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the Water Aerodrome at Kevadia and the Sea-plane Service connecting Statue of Unity in Kevadia with Sabarmati Riverfront. It cuts travel time from 5 hours to 45 minutes.
This is part of a series of Water Aerodromes being planned to bring last mile connectivity to tourist attractions in India. The Twin Otter 300 operated by SpiceJet can carry 19 and tickets are expected to start at Rs 2000 one way.
Seaplanes have the ability to land and take-off from water thus offering access to areas that do not have landing strips or runways. Thus it can help in connecting the geographies/regions that have challenges owing to its topography and bring the remotest parts of India into the mainstream aviation network without the high cost of building airports and runways. These smaller fixed wing airplanes can land on water bodies like lakes, backwaters and dams, gravel and grass, thus offering easy access to numerous tourist spots as well. Link to SpiceShuttle booking