Now Seaplane service in city, Mumbai to Ganpatipule in just 45 min
A new seaplane service was launched in Mumbai yesterday
A private company ‘Mehair’ has introduced this service in a city with Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation’s (MTDC) support. Such service was available on Andaman Islands till date but this is first of its kind on the main lands of India.
The inauguration of this service took place at Juhu on the runway of Indian Airport Authority. The Additional Principal Secretary of Tourism & Cultural Affairs of MTDC and Tourism & Chief Protocol Officer Sumit Malik, MTDC’s Managing Director Jagdish Patil, Director of Tourism Department Satish Soni, Director and Associate Founder of ‘Mehair’ Siddharth Varma and Pravin Bhardwaj of Aamby Valley were present at the occasion.
Initially the service will run between Mumbai and Aamby Valley with Cessna 206 Amphibian and Cessna 208 Amphibian aircraft. The service is planned to start from 10th March for which online bookings will start shortly.
There are places in India where proper road transport is yet not available. These remote places will be able to connect with other parts of the nation with this service. In the first phase we will provide service till Mula, Pawna Dam and Warasgaon; till October we will extend the service till Konkan so that tourist places like Tarkarli, Harihareshwar and Murud-Janjira gets on the map of our seaplane. Also, we are planning to run this service from Juhu to Nariman Point, said Siddharth Varme of Mehair.
Maharashtra is the first state to introduce such service. These services will boost tourism greatly. Seaplanes will turn vacation destinations into weekend destinations. The fatigue and expenditure involved in reaching your destination will also come down drastically. We are surveying the places where these planes can be landed. We have instructed Mehair to keep the rates of service to the minimum so that more tourists can opt for this service, Jagdish Patil of MTDC said.
Highlights of the service:-
>> Mumbai to Ganpatipule in just 45 min
>> Rates for Juhu to Aamby Vallet Rs 4500
>> Juhu to Nariman Point Rs 750