Government of Kerala has decided to initiate Seaplane service in the state and Kerala Tourism Infrastructure Ltd. (KTIL) was entrusted to co-ordinate the project and was appointed as the nodal agency for the Kerala Seaplane Project.
The project concept is to provide an additional layer of transportation by offering last mile connectivity by air to the renowned destinations of the state. The abundant water bodies across the state will be strategically leveraged to effectively implement this project. The service shall provide unique experience to travellers both as a joy ride and as an effective mode of air transport to distant destinations. The initial operations shall be in a prioritised circuit consisting of, Astamudi, Punnamada, Kumarakon, Munnar, Bolgatty and Bekal with the three airports as base station. The possibility of connectivity by air between international airports and destinations like Munnar, Kumarakom, Kochi etc. is a unique offering.
The Government will provide the necessary Infrastructure by setting up waterdromes having facilities like floating jetty, passenger frisking etc. required to operate the seaplane services in the state, based on an open sky policy. The Detailed Project Report (DPR) is being prepared by M/s. Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd. (PHHL), a Government of India undertaking. The security of the waterdromes shall be ensured by a specially formulated Airport Security Group (ASG) trained and certified by the BCAS, under the State Police.
The Government is planning various incentives like reduction in tax for ATF and early bird offers etc. to promote operators for an initial period.