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SpiceJet aims to start seaplane service from Brahmaputra river: Ajay Singh

Leading airline SpiceJet is exploring options to start flight services between Guwahati and ASEAN countries, especially Thailand. Participating in the Advantage Assam Global Investors Summit, SpiceJet CMD Ajay Singh informed that the airline is exploring options to start services to the ASEAN countries from Guwahati.

“We are willing to start services to Thailand and other ASEAN countries. We want to connect Guwahati with ASEAN and be a pioneer of development in the region,” Ajay Singh said during the inaugural ceremony of the investors’ summit which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with top business leaders including Reliance Industries MD Mukesh Ambani.

Ajay Singh also informed the gathering that SpiceJet will soon start services from Jorhat and Lakhimpur in Assam. Also, the SpiceJet CMD said that he is interested to start seaplane service from Brahmaputra. “We want to start seaplane service in Assam making Brahmaputra river one of the largest runways for the service,” he said.

Seaplane operations can bring the remotest parts of India into the mainstream aviation network without the high cost of building airports and runways. The Gurgaon-based airline is the only domestic airline to explore air connectivity through water bodies such as rivers or inland waterways. Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, regions in the north-east, Andamans, Lakshadweep and other coastal areas are a few destinations that are being evaluated for amphibious plane operations, the airline had earlier said.


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