Now, Ma­ha­rash­tra tourism gets wings

The first sea­plane ser­vice of Ma­ha­rash­tra will even­tu­ally con­nect Mum­bai with state tourist des­ti­na­tions ad­ja­cent to suit­able wa­ter bod­ies even though there are no run­ways at these des­ti­na­tions.

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The Ma­ha­rash­tra Tourism De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (MTDC) and Mar­itime En­ergy Heli Air Ser­vices (ME­HAIR) launched the first sea­plane ser­vice of Ma­ha­rash­tra in Mum­bai re­cently. The com­pany’s am­phib­ian planes will even­tu­ally con­nect Mum­bai with state tourist des­ti­na­tions ad­ja­cent to suit­able wa­ter bod­ies even though there are no run­ways at these des­ti­na­tions.

The ser­vice was launched by Ch­ha­gan

Bhu­jbal, Min­is­ter of Tourism and Pub­lic Works, Ma­ha­rash­tra Govt. The func­tion was presided over by

Ran­jit Kam­ble, Min­is­ter of State Tourism & Pub­lic Works, Ma­ha­rash­tra Govt, in the pres-

Sea­planes will turn va­ca­tion des­ti­na­tions into weekend des­ti­na­tions

Jagdish Patil Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, MTDC

ence of Su­mit Mul­lick, Additional Chief Secy & Chief Pro­to­col Of­fi­cer, Govern­ment of Ma­ha­rash­tra; Jagdish Patil, MD, MTDC; Satish Soni, Di­rec­tor (Tourism), Sid­dharth

Verma, Di­rec­tor & Co­Founder, ME­HAIR and Vivek

Ku­mar, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Worker, Sa­hara In­dia Pari­war and CEO, Aamby Val­ley City and Ho­tel Sa­hara Star.

Talk­ing about the fa­cil­ity, Bhu­jbal stated, “The Govern­ment of Ma­ha­rash­tra is pleased to an­nounce the launch of sea­plane ser­vices for com­muters in Ma­ha­rash­tra. The ser­vice will pro­vide ease to the tourist and lo­cals who travel to var­i­ous tourist des­ti­na­tions of Ma­ha­rash­tra. ME­HAIR has come-up with this novel con­cept and we are happy that Ma­ha­rash­tra is the first state to have such a ser­vice in the main­land of In­dia.”

The sea­plane ser­vice is be­ing launched in Ma­ha­rash­tra with a Cessna 206 Am­phib­ian and an­other Cessna 208 Am­phib­ian air­craft will be in­ducted by April 14. Both these two mod­els can ac­com­mo­date 4 to 9 pas­sen­gers, re­spec­tively. " This new and ex­cit­ing mode of trans­port will pro­vide the last mile con­nec­tiv­ity to those pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tions where there is no air­port. A sea­plane is a quick, con­ve­nient and ex­cit­ing mode of travel which will lend im­pe­tus to the tourism ini­tia­tive of the Govt of Ma­ha­rash­tra. This ven­ture was only pos­si­ble with the tremen- dous sup­port from the MTDC,” Verma said.

Call­ing the ser­vices a boost to tourism, Patil said, "Sea­planes will turn va­ca­tion des­ti­na­tions into weekend des­ti­na­tions.”

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