'Will restart planes from Statue of Unity to Sabarmati'

SpiceJet to restart seaplane flights between Statue of Unity and Sabarmati riverfront

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SpiceJet said on Friday it will restart seaplane flights between the Statue of Unity near Kevadiya in Gujarat's Narmada district and Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad from December 27.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on October 31 inaugurated the airline's seaplane service between the two destinations. However, the airline suspended the service after a few days.

On Friday, SpiceJet said in a statement: "SpiceShuttle, the fully-owned subsidiary of SpiceJet, will resume its seaplane operations between Ahmedabad's Sabarmati Riverfront and Kevadia's Statue of Unity from December 27, 2020 with two daily flights on the route."

"Bookings of the seaplane service for the passengers will open from December 20, 2020," it added.

The seaplane takes around 40 minutes to cover a distance of around 200 kms between the two destinations.

Floating jetties and water aerodrome buildings have been built at the riverfront and at pond-3 near Sardar Sarovar Dam (near the statue) to enable passengers to board and alight from the plane.