Kerala Tourism gets nod for seaplane services

Thiruvananthapuram, June 24 (IANS) The Kerala government on Wednesday gave its go ahead to the Kerala Tourism to launch seaplane services to boost tourism.

“It has been decided to go ahead with seaplane operations which will boost tourism activities in the state,” Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told reporters after the weekly cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

“Authorities have been asked to go ahead and begin talks with seaplane operators to begin operations,” he added.

In June 2013, seaplane operations were inaugurated but it were kept on hold following strong protests from the fishing community as they feared that their livelihood will be affected.

“Yes, there were issues. At certain places we have been able to convince those who had fears and while at some other places our talks are continuing. Hence, we have decided to begin operations where there will be no resistance,” said Chandy.

The places, the tourism department identified for seaplane services, include Kollam, Alapuzha, Bekal (Kasargode) Bolgatty (in Kochi) Wayanad and Munnar.

Generally seaplane services are operated by aircraft that can take six to eight passengers and these aircraft can fly around 6,500 feet above ground which is expected to provide a breathtaking view of the greenery which Kerala is known for.

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