Have you travelled by sea just like you travel by bus or metro?
It is now possible with the launch of seaplane in India that will take its maiden flight from Varanasi, the constituency of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi. Varanasi is a town in Uttar Pradesh where river Ganga flows along its shores.
Amphibious aircraft can take off and land on both short strips and water bodies. Amphibious aircrafts are slower and heavier but are more versatile than the usual land planes. They could be slightly tricky to manoeuvre as these planes, unlike helicopters, cannot hover in the same place and cannot land vertically.
Spicejet chairman Ajay Singh told times of India newspaper “I was aiming to start flights with amphibious plane in 2018 and Varanasi could be the launchpad for this service. Each seaplane costs about $5 million and I am planning for at least 100 such seaplanes.
Many states in India have approached for this service so that the states could have better connectivity.
Many places have been identified for deploying seaplanes and include Andaman, Lakshadweep, the northeast states, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan.
India has shortage of airport infrastructure and hence these amphibian planes will be great help in improving transport infrastructure as they can land and take off just from anywhere. This will be helpful for last mile connectivity and these planes open up a lot of areas and create a lot of flexibility.